Canadiens trade captain Max Pacioretty to Vegas Golden Knights

Lynette Rowe
September 11, 2018

The 33-year-old Bergeron had a great season on many levels, but also a sobering season in that he again missed time with injuries and showed that he is indeed mortal and subject to the power of Father Time. I can't say exactly where he'll be on the day he ends up playing for the Montreal Canadiens, but I'm confident that he's going to help us.

In Vegas, coach Gerard Gallant has his team play an up-tempo, transition game that was offensively fruitful for all involved last season.

Suzuki was a first-round draft choice in 2017 (13th overall) and he is listed as a centre although he has played all three forward positions, which makes him a ideal addition to a team that seems determined to fit square pegs into round holes. In between Bergeron was brilliant as he clearly rededicated himself to scoring from the slot area, and rifled home 30 goals and 63 points in just 68 games. McPhee, the Golden Knights' general manager, boldly.

Max Pacioretty got a pretty good windfall on his first afternoon in Las Vegas - one worth $28 million, to be exact. And it would have been one more enormous obstacle to overcome in the quest for redemption from a fourth-from-last place finish a season ago.

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.

But Musician Mic Manaras felt Montreal would be better off without Pacioretty. 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. Over the past seven seasons, he has five 30-goal campaigns and scored at almost the same clip during the lockout-shortened season in 2012-13.

Pacioretty will stay a while, too.

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In 626 career games, Pacioretty has 226 goals and 222 assists. He was Vegas' third-ranked prospect in The Hockey News' annual yearbook. And it's unfortunate to see a player go like Max.

Pacioretty is going into the final season a six-year contract with a cap hit of US$4.5 million. And rest assured, Pacioretty is part of the long-term plan for the Golden Knights.

It's hard to imagine that the Canadiens weren't willing to match what Vegas offered in terms of years and money on the extension, which seems to suggest that Pacioretty wasn't super interested in sticking around with the Habs.

While rumours of a Pacioretty trade first surfaced last year, Bergevin actively shopped Pacioretty following the season and there was a deal with the Los Angeles Kings hours before this year's NHL Entry Draft in June.

Bergevin added that the Golden Knights were given permission prior to the trade to talk about an extension with Pacioretty.

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