So many pundits are now taking shots at the Montreal Canadiens and their latest moves - or lack thereof. The Score also agrees with NHL insider and analyst Don MacLean, who blasted the Habs during a segment of The Fan on Sportsnet 590 on Friday morning. The trade situation involving Pacioretty has been simply ridiculous.
"Without coming to terms on a contract extension, Montreal's lost significant leverage with any suitor vying for Pacioretty's services. A sign-and-trade is now off the table, and much like the Erik Karlsson situation in Ottawa, buying teams won't be willing to sacrifice significant pieces for a single-season's worth of Pacioretty in their top six without the guarantee that he'll stick around for the long run. In addition to Pacioretty's diminished value, the idea of Bergevin acting on a deal out of desperation is cause for concern considering how the club has made out in the aftermath of his recent major trades," you can read on The Score.
Pacioretty's value indeed took a major hit this week after Marc-Antoine Godin of The Athletic revealed that the Canadiens have effectively put an end to their relationship with Pacioretty, claiming the Habs have informed their captain that they have no interest in negotiating a potential contract extension with him. Additionally Godin reports that Canadiens general manager Marc Bergevin has informed his captain that he intends to trade him as soon as is possible.
MacLean also comment on the situation, saying it is about "to get really ugly in Montreal."
"Now you have a new agent coming in, this could get really ugly," commented MacLean on the air.
"I don't understand them coming in with this statement. Why freeze the situation? Why not continue and try to make this work? And when I say make it work I mean make the best hockey deal you can. Keep talking, keep your player in a good frame of mind. I don't quite understand why making this statement does!"
The trade value of the captain was likely already at an all time low after the poor season he had during the 2017-18 season and now it's going to drop even lower now that teams know a long term deal is off the table for the Canadiens.
The Score adds:
"At this juncture, it's hard to imagine the circumstances surrounding a Pacioretty trade being much worse."
Do you think this has marked the end of Bergevin in Montreal?
Source: The Score
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