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Max Pacioretty Says Golden Knights Have ‘No Accountability’ With Losing

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Max Pacioretty is no longer a member of the Vegas Golden Knights. He was traded to the Carolina Hurricanes along with Dylan Coghlan for future considerations and cap space, but it did not take long for Pacioretty to slam the culture surrounding his former team.

The former Golden Knight joined the Raw Knuckles Podcast with Chris Nilan and Tim Stapleton.

Pacioretty’s opinions were less about the trade itself and more about the Golden Knight’s past season, where they missed the playoffs for the first time in team history.

“When I first got to Vegas, it was weird that there was, like, no accountability. And I’m not talking about in the team; I’m talking about like ever. You couldn’t feel pressure coming off anyone else, from the coach to the management,” said Pacioretty.

The Golden Knights acquired Pacioretty from the Montreal Canadiens for Tomas Tatar, Nick Suzuki, and a second-round pick. With the Canadiens, Pacioretty played a decade with the original-six team and was their captain from 2015-2018. The pressure of being the captain of the NHL’s most historic franchise is something Pacioretty has talked about in the past.  But in 2018, he went from the NHL’s oldest franchise to the league’s newest.

“There was a relief when I got there. But then I found myself being like, ‘I’ve got to reel this in and hold myself to a higher standard which I had always done.’ But maybe I got away from it when I had everyone else holding me accountable (in Montreal).” Pacioretty continued.

Pacioretty continued by mentioning how some of the other Golden Knights players , who “don’t know really what it’s like,” to have mounting pressure on them as they “haven’t played somewhere else.”

In 2021-22, Pacioretty scored nearly a point-per-game in the limited action he saw with the VGK. Multiple injuries restricted him to just 39 games. But he scored 19 goals and 18 assists in that time. The Golden Knight’s push for the playoffs late in the season was unsuccessful as they missed out on a playoff berth.

There were a lot of reasons why the VGK missed the playoffs, from injuries to underperforming players to straight luck. For Pacioretty, he cites accountability, going as far as to say that he even missed the pressure that he had in Montreal “a tiny bit when things went wrong this year.”

“I mentioned that at the end of the year that no one is really holding us accountable. If we have a bad year like this, the city would be half on fire in Montreal. Here in Vegas, it’s 80 degrees, and it’s sunny. We’re getting our car washed and getting our organic food, and going to play golf. I was kind of like, ‘we’ve got to police this thing a little better amongst each other.’ I don’t want to say it was a country club, but you have no one from the outside holding you accountable.”

You can listen to the full podcast here. Pacioretty starts to talk about the Golden Knights at around the 54-minute mark.

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Owen Krepps covers the Vegas Golden Knights for Vegas Hockey Now and writes for the Boulder City Review-Journal. A 2022 Robert Morris University graduate, he has previously written for RMU Sentry Media, Colonial Sports Network, The Titusville Herald, Pittsburgh Sports Now, and Pittsburgh Hockey Now.

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Jack

Stories like this make me want to stop watching hockey. If you are an athlete, you compete to win. Your desire is to win and to help your team win. If you don’t have that in you, give your spot to a hungrier player. This is not a shot at Max, this is a shot at all players who go through the motions and should not be in the NHL. You should give your all to win. Do it for yourself, the team and the fans who want you to win, and pay money to come support you. And……you are getting paid damn well to play a game….that is all it is…..a game you should want to win at. You should not need to have someone to hold you accountable. How about holding yourself accountable? Others don’t get to play golf.

Your mom

Stop watching then and in the future you don’t need to announce your departure

Bob

Aren’t the Captains and Alternates supposed to ensure accountability? Didn’t Max have an A on his jersey?

Stephen Fischer

Outsiders view…the fire on this team seemed to subside significantly with the firing of Gerard Gallant. Do I have this wrong? Watching them their first year, the team was on the ice like a pack of rabid dogs chasing raw meat.

Also, I suspect the presence of Ryan Reeves contributed to the sense of accountability collectively and from the individual players

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