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Former teammate Eller praises Pacioretty, calls out Habs franchise

And the soap opera plot thickens in Montreal…

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What a weird, strange trip it’s been for Max Pacioretty and the Montreal Canadiens this week. In case you missed it, here’s what has happened in chronological sequence:

* Pacioretty hosts an annual charity golf tournament where he admits that things have been “difficult” between himself and management
* Eric Engels of The Athletic reported that Habs general manager Marc Bergevin had a deal in place at the 2018 NHL Entry Draft that would have seen Pacioretty moved to the Los Angeles Kings, before Pacioretty himself stepped in to veto the deal. 
* Kings assistant GM Luc Robitaille refuted the report, saying that negotiations never reached that point.
* CBC Radio Canada’s Martin Leclerc, Montreal Canadiens captain Max Pacioretty has formally requested to be traded.
* Pacioretty’s agent Allan Walsh took to social media to dispel any rumors about his client being unhappy.

Check out these quotes from Walsh:

Max Pacioretty has stated repeatedly that he loves Montreal and wants to remain in Montreal. To this date, he’s never received any offer from Montreal. You can have 3 sources or 10 sources, how many times does Max have to state that he wants to remain in Montreal long term?
Obvious these “sources” are coming from the club.  Max will always take the high road and repeats again, he is ready to sign an extension with Montreal TODAY.  It was Montreal that traded Max to LA at the draft and it was a DONE DEAL subject to Max signing an extension with LA.

Now, Pacioretty’s former teammate Lars Eller, now of the Stanley Cup champion Washington Capitals, is coming to his former captain’s defense. Check out Eller’s post on Twitter from last night:

As a friend, I hope Max Pacioretty’s situation is resolved soon. He has shouldered one of the toughest jobs in hockey wearing the C for the CH, taking responsibility and blame for things beyond his control. At the same time being one of the top goal scorers in the game.
He is as committed and cares as much as anyone I’ve ever played with. Any team would be lucky to have him.

Man… what a soap opera in Montreal these days. It certainly seems like things are coming to a head though. How long until we see a trade?