NY Islanders: Five realistic UFA Targets on July 1st

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Max Pacioretty

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This picture defines Max Pacioretty's time spent with the Carolina Hurricanes, after only playing five games due to a second Achilles injury that he suffered in a game against the Minnesota Wild.

In those spare games that he gave Carolina, Patches got on the scoresheet three times. The former Canadien and Vegas Golden Knight is a well-known sniper, and even though his best days may be behind him goal-scoring-wise, he remains very efficient after hovering around a point per game for the last three seasons. Pacioretty would instantly be a top six level player for New York and would give the Islanders a true finisher that fans have been clamoring for.

The uncertainty is there for Patches, considering nobody has a clue when or if he will be cleared to play again soon. An Achilles tear is as tough of an injury to come back from twice now, let alone once, but that makes him a cheaper commodity in the Isles' favor. It's hard to see Pacioretty making much money at all on his next deal, and will likely end up signing a one-year contract. Whether that's with Carolina or not is a mystery given GM Don Waddell's recent comments on the matter.

Similar to a hypothetical Drouin signing, the Islanders could get the job done with a low AAV, low-term deal, but the obvious concern is his injury. It took him almost a full year to recover from his first injury of such sustained in 2021-22, so it could be another mid-season return for Pacioretty. Not an ideal situation for either party to be in, but Pacioretty would be a nice addition to any team by the time he is fully recovered and ready to play again.