Golden Knights sign Pacioretty to 4-year, $28M extension

Canadiens trade Pacioretty to Vegas for Tatar, Suzuki, draft pick

Canadiens Trade Max Pacioretty To Vegas As Rebuild Continues In Montreal

However, only four of those goals and two assists came in 20 games with Vegas, and Tatar carries a $5.3 million salary cap hit for next season.

But the real problem fell on the shoulders Canadiens general manager Marc Bergevin.

In 626 career games, Pacioretty has 226 goals and 222 assists. All that being said, Bergeron at 33 years old is still a franchise player for Boston, one of the best in the game and the best two-way forward working in the National Hockey League today.

"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. "He is a very good two-way player, you can play him [in] a lot of different situations".

In Vegas, coach Gerard Gallant has his team play an up-tempo, transition game that was offensively fruitful for all involved last season. Pacioretty joins the young franchise with a new arena and rabid fanbase that he praised following a February game in Las Vegas. "Everything was top notch".

But Musician Mic Manaras felt Montreal would be better off without Pacioretty.

Back in Montreal, Canadiens players are eager to move forward after a busy summer that also saw Bergevin move forward Alex Galchenyuk to the Arizona Coyotes for Max Domi.

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But the weight of the trade for Vegas goes beyond the two players and pick, as the entire scope of the swap has seen the Golden Knights essentially give up an additional three draft choices in the process. "We're aware that past year he played a lot on the wing, but he played at centre too". I wish him all the best. But upon making his return and playing his first full season in the Bleu, Blanc et Rouge come the 2011-12 campaign, a season in which he won the Masterton Trophy for dedication and perseverance, Pacioretty asserted himself as a true top talent and offensive driver in Montreal.

In Tatar, the Canadiens got themselves a former second-round pick (2009) who has shown plenty of skill, though he's yet to capitalize on all his potential. Vegas sent a king's ransom to Detroit to acquire Tatar at the trade deadline with a first, second, and third-round pick in hopes that he was the last piece to complete their miracle season, but he was regularly scratched in the playoffs for underwhelming performances.

"I'm not going to deny it, you guys; he didn't perform up to par in Vegas", said Bergevin. He makes plays. He thinks offensively.

The Canadiens are not expected to be much of a contender in the Atlantic Division this season.

The key to the deal for Montreal is Suzuki, who was picked 13th overall in the 2017 draft. Slight re-tool, rebuild, whatever we want to call it.

"Both parties agreed it was the best thing for him to move on", said Bergevin, who addressed the media at Club de golf Laval-sur-le-Lac.

The Montreal Canadiens are turning the page. "We have some good centers coming through the system, and with the departure of Max there's room on the wings too".

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