Habs star winger Max Pacioretty has left the Ambri-Piotta squad of the NLA to come back to Canada.
The official story is that Pacioretty is seeking better medical attention for a supposed infection in his elbow. However there are a number of rumours circulating that Pacioretty is leaving due to a personal conflict with the Ambri coaching staff.
Pacioretty had been benched over the last two games as he has reportedly been out with an illness, but it has been reported that Pacioretty was unhappy with Head Coach Kevin Constantine not playing him and reputedly favouring the players he expects to have in the lineup for the entirely season rather than an a lockout import in Pacioretty. The winger had also on occasion been deployed at defense, a developement that it has been speculated that the winger was also unhappy with.
Difficulties with a star import player has been only one of Constantine’s problems, with reports that owners are unhappy with the state of the bottom feeding Swiss league team, who are last in the NLA with 7 points in 12 games and -17 in goal differential. It has been suggested that he may be replaced as Head Coach soon.
Pacioretty had scored in his first period for Ambri but otherwise was kept off the score sheet in 5 games, the usually prolific goal scorer had been snake bit with only 1 goal in 22 shots (4.5%).
Max Pacioretty has only indicated so far that he is going home for recovery, but don’t be entirely surprised if he’s not soon to go back to Ambri.