A day after being traded to the Golden Knights, Pacioretty and his new team agreed on a contract extension worth $28 million over 4 years. In order to take a deeper look into the contract, we will compare it to a comparable players contract in James Van Riemsdyk (JVR). Both players are 29 years old, they were both drafted in the first round of the 2007 draft, have comparable points throughout their careers, and most importantly, they’re both signed to contracts worth $7 million annually. Although Pacioretty’s numbers have been consistently higher over the years, in the past three years Pacioretty has been on a steep goal decline while JVR’s has increased, making them close enough comparables. Looking at the numbers at first glance it seems that JVR is on the better deal due to his numbers from the last three years looking significantly better than Pacioretty’s, however that may not completely be the case. Yes, this past season looks horrid on Pacioretty’s career stats, but looking back at the year before Pacioretty tied his career high for points, on a very underwhelming Montreal team. A bounce back year for the former Habs captain isn’t guaranteed, however, it’s a pretty safe thing to bet your money on, especially if he gets the opportunity to play on Vegas’ first line. His two way play being far superior to JVR’s is also a huge boost to his contract value.