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 2nd round pick.
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The Canadiens have acquired forwards Tomas Tatar and Nick Suzuki, and a 2nd round pick in 2019 from the Vegas Golden Knights (Columbus’ pick previously acquired by Vegas), in return for Max Pacioretty.
Funny... Habs general manager Marc Bergevin had been adamant this past week that he wasn't trade his captain... now he's a member of the Vegas Golden Knights. Go figure...
In any case, at the very least Habs fans can not put this entire drama to rest. Rumors regarding Pacioretty's future in Montreal go back well over a calendar year and last night's late night trade finally puts an end to a awkward and uncomfortable situation.
In return, the Habs get former Detroit Red Wings winger Tomas Tatar who never quite fit in with Vegas, despite being acquired for a hefty price. Vegas GM George McPhee acquired Tatar from the Red Wings for a 1st round pick, 2nd round pick and 3rd round pick at the 2018 NHL Trade Deadline. Tatar would go on to find himself in head coach Gerard Gallant's dog house and was a frequent healthy scratch in the team's miraculous run to the Stanley Cup Final. It was pretty clear from the outset with Tatar that he was a bad fit in Vegas. Here's hoping he finds his footing again the the Habs, because there's denying that he can be an effective player. As for forward Nick Suzuki, the 19 year old native of London, Ontario tore it up with the OHL's Owen Sound Attack in 2017-18, scoring 42 goals and 100 points in just 64 games.Vegas selected him 13th overall in the 2017 NHL Entry Draft. While he's a talented prospect, McPhee has managed to stockpile the team's pipeline in short order, making a player like Suzuki available via trade.
Any way you look at it though... Pacioretty was essentially traded off for spare parts. Tatar, Suzuki and that 2nd round pick may end up proving to be a valuable addition for the Habs, but at this point there's still a lot left to be settled. So... who wins the deal?
Source: Montreal Canadiens
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