Hurricanes activate Pacioretty off LTIR after recovery from torn Achilles surgery

Max Pacioretty has yet to play for his new team, the Carolina Hurricanes. (Jae C. Hong/AP).

The Carolina Hurricanes could have Max Pacioretty back in the lineup soon, having activated the 34-year-old on Thursday from the injured non-roster list.

The veteran forward underwent surgery for a torn Achilles tendon in August and has yet to play this season. Pacioretty was acquired by Carolina in July in a swap with the Vegas Golden Knights along with defenceman Dylan Coghlan for future considerations in a deal that was largely considered a money move. The American is in the final year of a deal that pays him $7 million per season.

Pacioretty has 323 goals and 642 points in 850 NHL games with the Montreal Canadiens and Golden Knights.

The Hurricanes host the Predators on Thursday night, which would be Pacioretty’s debut in a Carolina jersey if he plays. The game is available on SN NOW Premium.

In corresponding move, forward Ondrej Kase was placed on long-term injured reserve, while defenceman Cavan Fitzgerald was placed on waivers so that he could be assigned to Chicago Wolves of the AHL.

Kase, who signed with Carolina in the summer after a season in Toronto, has played in just one game this season due to a concussion.

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