The team announced Monday that it had signed Pacioretty to a $28 million, four-year contract extension that runs through the 2022-23 season. According to reports, he was almost traded to the Los Angeles Kings at this year's NHL Draft, but that trade reportedly fell through because Pacioretty couldn't agree to an extension with the Kings.
The 27-year-old has three years left on his contract with a $5.3 million cap hit, making him Montreal's second-highest paid forward behind Jonathan Drouin.
"We gained some good potential in Suzuki", said coach Claude Julien. "If a player asks for a trade, there's a reason for that, and we accommodated the player".
Max Pacioretty is heading to Las Vegas in return for Tomas Tatar, prospect Nick Suzuki, and Columbus's second-round pick in 2019.
It would be ludicrous to split up the top line of William Karlsson, Jonathan Marchessault, and Reilly Smith after their showing previous year, meaning Pacioretty can slot in on the second line alongside fellow newcomer Paul Stastny - an elite playmaker far superior to any pivot Montreal was able to run out over the course of Pacioretty's tenure there. I'm sure he's probably excited about going to Las Vegas. So Bergeron is working to come back from injury while hoping to remain largely healthy this season and avoid some of those injuries - both of the freak and repetitive usage variety - that caused him to miss time last season.
Acquiring Suzuki's services, however, was of the utmost importance for Bergevin, who continues to place a premium on stocking the Canadiens' cupboards with young talent.
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But luckily for Bergevin, he did get a solid return from the Vegas Golden Knights for Pacioretty, and the early reaction around the league is that the Canadiens might have won this trade despite not having any leverage with the situation. Over the last seven years, only two players (Alex Ovechkin and John Tavares) have scored more even strength goals than Pacioretty. "He's a very good player and if he brings those kills to the National Hockey League, he'll help us". "That's what he brings, and he's got a skill set that made him the 13th pick overall".
"It's possible. He's going to come to camp". And even though there were several changes to the team in the months that followed, it would be impossible to argue that the franchise has done enough to resolve its issues. He could still go back to Owen Sound.
As far as naming a new captain is concerned, Bergevin mentioned that he doesn't now have a timeframe in mind.
"On behalf of the Montreal Canadiens organization, I'd like to thank Max Pacioretty for everything he's given to our organization", shared Molson.
Originally from Connecticut, Pacioretty was selected in the first round, 22nd overall, by the Canadiens at the 2007 NHL Entry Draft. "We're grateful for everything that he gave to us and we wish him the very best in his next phase". Since the outset of the 2011-12 campaign, only eight players have scored more goals than Pacioretty, but he's more than kept pace with the likes of Evgeni Malkin, Tyler Seguin, Jamie Benn and Patrick Kane.
"I feel like a lot of people have written us off already, so there's not a lot of pressure on our group", Price said on Monday. "They want to win and as a player you couldn't be more happy to be in an organization that wants to win right now".