The Montreal Canadiens have traded their captain Max Pacioretty to the Golden Knights in exchange for Tomas Tartar, Nick Suzuki and a 2nd round draft pick in the 2019 draft. Pacioretty is looking at a pretty significant pay raise in Vegas, with his AAV going from $4.5 million to $7 million with this $28 million/4 year contract.
Pacioretty was named Captain of the Habs in 2015, and has played all 626 of his NHL games with the team. He’s coming off of a pretty low year, racking up only 37 points in 64 games with a knee injury cutting his season short. Before that, he’s proven to be a consistent player, producing 4 consecutive seasons of 60 plus points. Pacioretty boasts a career high of 39 goals in the 2013-14 season.
After hearing talks of trade for quite some time now, this toxic relationship has finally come to an end. Things have been pretty dramatic in the Habs locker room, and now with Montreals GM Marc Bergevin claiming Pacioretty asked to be traded, and the player and his agent both denying those claims, it’s safe to say this trade was in the best interest of everyone involved.
Pacioretty has seemed pretty unmotivated in Montreal lately, and now that he has the opportunity to go to Vegas I’m sure we’re going to see a much more productive player. The winger is expected to be put on the Knights revamped second line with Alex Tuch and Paul Stastny, who the team acquired from the Jets in July.
Vegas is pretty stacked as they enter their second season as an NHL team, coming off an impressive run for the Stanley Cup. Clearly they’re looking for a repeat in the upcoming season, with a winning outcome this time.