Montreal trades Max Pacioretty to Vegas

Montreal trades Max Pacioretty to Vegas

Montreal trades Max Pacioretty to Vegas

The Vegas Golden Knights have signed recently acquired forward Max Pacioretty to a four-year contract extension worth $28 million.

"We are entirely focused now on the team and having a great start", Canadiens owner Geoff Molson said from the team's golf tournament on Monday.

"It's definitely not the way we wanted things to turn out". That's nothing against Max.

The Canadiens are sending their captain, Max Pacioretty, to Vegas, in exchange for Tomas Tatar, Nick Suzuki, and a 2019 second-round draft pick.

"There's no question that Marc (Bergevin) has made an effort, especially this summer, to become younger, faster, and to build a pipeline of young players that are going to allow us to be successful over the longer term", said Molson. The likely candidates are veterans Shea Weber and Brendan Gallagher, though the organization has not indicated when it will make that decision. The Canadiens showed no interest in signing him to an extension despite the CT native's oft-repeated claims that he and his family are happy in Montreal and wanted to stay here.

Molson didn't want to get into the details of Pacioretty's trade request or when it was made. "It's been going on several months now that we've been trying to make this happen".

Considering that the Habs appear to firmly be in rebuild mode, it would have been hard for the team to justify giving a long-term extension to Pacioretty, who will be 30 when his new deal kicks in.

"That's a fact, yes", Bergevin said. A high-skilled centre, the 19-year-old scored 100 points in 64 OHL games with Owen Sound last season.

"When the request was made to look at making a trade, we started to actively go after that".

Back in February, an emotional Pacioretty said he was relieved not to be leaving Montreal at the trade deadline.

Pacioretty missed the final four weeks of the season past year with a knee injury.

The reigning Western Conference champion Golden Knights will get a proven offensive talent in the 29-year-old Pacioretty, who is heading into the final year of his current contract. All are now on different teams.

In swinging this deal, Golden Knights general manager George McPhee also was able to hold on to his No. 1 prospect, center Cody Glass, who was the 6th overall selection in 2017 by the club.

"We gained some good potential in Suzuki", said coach Claude Julien. Despite missing 18 games with injuries, Bergeron put together some Hart Trophy-level numbers that would have been even more impressive had he played, say, 80 games.

Bergevin expects Tatar to be in camp and believes he can be an asset on the power play.

While the Golden Knights lost James Neal, they've added Pacioretty and Paul Stastny and are rumoured to be targeting another captain - Ottawa defenceman Erik Karlsson.

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