Wednesday, 26 September, 2018


Canadiens brass moving forward after Pacioretty trade

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Noah Ferguson | 13 September, 2018, 23:41

In return, Montreal acquired Tomas Tatar, prospect Nick Suzuki and a second-round pick in the 2019 draft. However, Monday at the Canadiens' annual golf outing, Bergevin and team owner Geoff Molson said - without providing details - that was untrue.

"It's definitely not the way we wanted things to turn out". That's nothing against Max. "When you experience it for yourself, that was a treat to play, and I wish we played [in Vegas] a few times a year". He's off to Vegas in exchange for top prospect Nick Suzuki, Tomas Tatar, and a second-round pick.

According to Bergevin, efforts to accommodate Pacioretty's request had been going on for quite some time before a trade was finally completed overnight on Sunday night.

In 2012, he won the Bill Masterton trophy, which is given to the National Hockey League player who "best exemplifies the qualities of perseverance, sportsmanship and dedication to the game".

Jamil Lessard, a businessman in his 40s, said the trade was a good move for the future of the team.

Most people saw the writing on the wall and knew a divorce between Max Pacioretty and the Montreal Canadiens was coming. That's why the Canadiens were fortunate to get Pacioretty settled elsewhere before that process begins to take shape. "Until they approach us and say "this is what we need to see happen" I can't worry too much about it".

Speaking to the media after Molson, general manager Marc Bergevin said that a trade request from Pacioretty came in last season. "I think it was one of my weaker points, but I've worked on it a lot over the past three years and I've really seen improvements in my skating", Suzuki said. His name has been mentioned in speculation since last season's trade deadline.

The Habs made the announcement just after midnight Monday.

Vegas appears adamant on remaining a threat in the Western Conference, and adding Pacioretty to its top six should help their quest to prove last season's impossible run to the Stanley Cup Final wasn't a fluke. We've also come to find out that those who work within the Summerlin practice facility that doubles as the suburban headquarters of the Vegas Golden Knights are also willing to roll the dice. According to NHL.com, he had said he would not negotiate a long-term deal with the Canadiens after the regular season started on October 3. Suzuki is from London, Ont., and was selected in the first round, 13th overall, by Vegas at the 2017 NHL Entry Draft. At 27 years old, he's always been a fun player to watch with his breakneck speed and offensive talent but has just never been able to reach the ceiling of his potential. "That's what he brings, and he's got a skill set that made him the 13th pick overall".

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

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.

Bringing in Suzuki is a clear sign that the Canadiens are getting younger, though Molson refused to call it a "rebuild".

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