If the hockey world wasn't already ushered into the dawn of a new season after the Labor Day weekend, George McPhee woke it from its summer slumber Sunday with a late-night stunner of a trade that reverberated into Monday morning.
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. Montreal's first-round pick, 22nd overall, at the 2007 draft, he debuted with the Canadiens during the 2008-09 campaign, took strides towards become a fixture in 2009-10 and had a promising campaign derailed in 2010-11 by injury. If he couldn't get a solid return for their captain who is also a perennial 30 goal scorer with a team friendly cap hit, it would probably be the last straw that puts his job in danger. He scored four goals and two assists in 20 regular season games for Vegas. "I remember one game he scored seven points against us". There's every reason to believe Pacioretty, 29, can find his form with the Golden Knights, however.
McCarron, the Canadiens' first-round pick (25th overall) at the 2013 NHL Draft played 54 games last season with the Rocket, posting 7-17-24 totals and 121 penalty minutes. 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.
Even if the Habs kept Suzuki for the first nine games of the season - the maximum amount of "showcase" time National Hockey League clubs are allowed to keep junior-aged prospects before the first year of their entry level contract kicks in - he wouldn't be back in Owen Sound until late October. Treasure I talked about, I appropriate must tackle inserting on my skates and playing hockey."His agent, Allan Walsh, talked about August 28 that Pacioretty has no hobby in leaving Montreal."To be clear, while there had been many discussions over the closing two months, there had been no negotiations on a new contract", Walsh posted on his Twitter yarn". And again, barring last season, Pacioretty has been remarkably consistent.
The Canadiens finished 29th in goals for and allowed the seventh-most goals in the league last season.
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It's evident the Golden Knights are putting stock in Pacioretty maintaining that rate of scoring, too, given the healthy return the Canadiens received. Tatar is usually good for 20 goals per season, and the real centerpiece of the trade for Montreal is Suzuki. Tatar was acquired at last season's deadline for three picks - a 2018 first, 2019 second and 2021 third - and now those selections have become a sunk cost with the winger shipped off in the Pacioretty deal. And rest assured, Pacioretty is part of the long-term plan for the Golden Knights. He will be an unrestricted free agent after next season at the end of a six-year, $27 million deal.
"I think it's a good thing for our team that we're moving on", said general manager Marc Bergevin from the Canadiens' golf tournament on Monday. Montreal retained 10% of Pacioretty's salary, and Vegas retained 9.4% of Tatar's salary in the deal.
Before taking questions from the media, Canadiens owner, president and CEO Geoff Molson made a brief statement in response to the move that sent Pacioretty to Nevada.
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