Striker Max Pasuritti believes he can be a good complement and help the Carolina Hurricanes achieve their goal: to win the Stanley Cup.
At a press conference, the day after the exchange that made him switch from Vegas Golden Knights to Cane, the American made it clear that he didn’t want to make waves and merge quickly.
Watch his notes in the video above.
“I just want to do my part to help this team win,” he said. It’s so close [de gagner une coupe Stanley]. I intend to contribute and put my shoulder to the wheel.”
Acquired for future considerations, which means free, Pacioretty praised the new employer’s work.
“I feel like during all seasons, don [Waddell, le directeur général] And all the guys here in Carolina are trying to add pieces to the puzzle.”
The 33-year-old veteran also explained what kind of “puzzle piece” he thinks it is.
“My job is to put the puck in the back of the net,” the former Montreal Canadiens captain said. I think I’ve done it very well throughout my career. I work hard every day to make sure I don’t lose my offensive skills.”
Since 2013-2014, Pasiretti has not scored less than 17 goals in a single season. Last year, he scored the goal 19 times in 39 matches, after being hampered by several injuries.
From enemies to colleagues
Passeurity wasn’t the only seasoned veteran the Hurricanes entered into a deal on Wednesday, as they also landed defender Brent Burns.
The latter and Pacioretty were at the center of the rivalry between the San Jose Sharks and the Golden Knights. They also experienced several harsh moments on the icy surface. The two skaters took the time to connect and bury the hatchet.
“We talked about the times we’ve been tracking each other,” Pasurietti said with a smile.
“He joked that he would be able to win the Lady-Byng Cup, because he wouldn’t have to try to hit me in the face anymore. We had a blast last year. He is a fierce competitor and that makes him such a good player.”
Passeurity also believes that becoming a member of the Hurricanes at the same time as his former enemy will allow him to make an easier transition.
“Coming here with Burns is great. We will be able to count on each other and that will help us integrate faster with the group,” he said.
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