What you have all been waiting for happen in the middle of night, in the early hours on Monday morning what the Montreal Canadiens traded their captain Max Pacioretty to the Vegas Golden Knights.
In return the Habs will get Tomas Tatar and Nick Suzuki, and a second round pick in 2019 from the Vegas Golden Knights (Columbus’ pick previously acquired by Vegas).
The trade now end months and months of speculation that Pacioretty would be moved, though agent Allan Walsh mentioned he was answering Pacioretty's first marching order and that was to re-sign in Montreal.
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...
On Wednesday, Pacioretty made it clears that he has set a deadline on his contract negotiations. It has been revealed by sources who informed Sportsnet's Eric Engels on that the Habs forward will hold off all talks about a new deal once the regular season begins on Oct. 3rd. This appears to go down for the Golden Knights as well, though nothing else has been said about the trade or a potential contract extension.
While no details have been given on a contract extension, Vegas was quick to welcome their new player in a great welcome tribute on social media:
Pacioretty is a pending unrestricted free agent, who is entering the final campaign of the six-year, $27-million pact he inked with Montreal in 2012. The veteran forward is entering the final season of a deal that counts for $4.5 million against the cap, after which he’ll become an unrestricted free agent. It was a past difficult season for the captain, who scored just 17 goals, following four consecutive 30-goal seasons. Prior to last year the 29-year-old had put up four straight seasons of 30 or more goals, and had an additional 30-goal season in 2011-12.
This is the second time in the past year Tatar has been traded. He appeared in 82 games with the Detroit Red Wings and the Golden Knights in 2017-18, recording 34 points (20 goals, 14 assists). The 19-year-old Suzuki took part in 64 games with the OHL's Owen Sound Attack in 2017-18. He ranked fourth overall in the league in scoring with 100 points (42 goals, 58 assists).
You bet Monday will be an interesting day in Montreal as many shocked reactions pour in on social media at the moment.