Breaking: Golden Knights ink new player Pacioretty to hefty contract!

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The Vegas Golden Knights did not waste time putting together an offer for their new player Max Pacioretty - unlike his former team, the Montreal Canadiens. 

In case you missed last night's massive deal between the Montreal Canadiens and Vegas Golden Knights, don't worry you're not alone. In a deal that wasn't announced until about 1am ET, the Habs traded captain Max Pacioretty to the Vegas Golden Knights in exchange for Tomas Tatar, Nick Suzuki and a second round pick for 2019. 

Just now, the Golden Knights have announced that they have agreed to a contract extension with Pacioretty. GM  George McPhee announced today, that the team has signed Pacioretty to a four-year contract extension through the 2022-23 season worth an average annual value of $7 million.

This morning Habs GM Marc Bergevin confirmed that any trade for Pacioretty was indeed contingent on signing a long-term deal with his new club. He also confirmed that Pacioretty requested a trade “several times” last season, which was denied by agent Allan Walsh on more than one occasion. 

Pacioretty was drafted by the Canadiens in the first round of the 2007 draft, and he had recorded 226 goals and 222 assists for 448 points in 626 games since making his debut in the 2008-09 season. He was named captain of the Habs prior to the 2015-16 season, before all the problems started it seems...

With his new contract with Vegas, Pacioretty will get limited no-trade clause, which allows him to submit a 10-team preferred destinations list, which kicks in in a year. 

Many pundits expected Pacioretty to get the salary the Golden Knights offered him today. According to a recent article published by Mathias Bruney in La Presse, Pacioretty was allowed to expect at least $ 7 million a season, as Evander Kane just got it with the San Jose Sharks. However, if Pacioretty was dreaming of 8 or even 9 million per season, the signing of Winnipeg Jets' Blake Wheeler's contract was not offering a good comparable for the former Habs captain, who struggled last season.  It was a past difficult season for the captain, who scored just 17 goals, following four consecutive 30-goal seasons.

Let's hope it's a fresh new start in Vegas for him.