Every fan base is passionate about their local National Hockey League team. It's just what you expect of fans who know the game and can't tell if a move or trade will be the right call for their favourite club.
And you better believe the Montreal crowd has something to say about the ongoing trade rumors surrounding Canadiens captain Max Pacioretty. The issue is now that local insiders and pundits are also voicing their displeasure with the situation, and one has now revealed how much the Canadiens will get screwed in this pending trade.
Jean-Charles Lajoie, host of the Sports radio 91.9 in Montreal, has stated on his social media accounts that because Habs general manager Marc Bergevin will not offer his captain a new contract, he has exposed himself on the trade market and is doomed to get the worst end of a deal with a rival club (as translated from French).
Lajoie added that somehow, Bergevin appears to have more lives than a cat...
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 Bergevin has informed his captain that he intends to trade him as soon as is possible.
On top of that, as reported by the Habs Chronicle, the St. Louis Blues, Florida Panthers, Los Angeles Kings and Calgary Flames have all acquired an offensive winger capable of playing the role that Pacioretty would have potentially occupied on their team. Now, there seems to be less and less interest in the star striker who had the worst season of his career last year.
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. To make things worse, the market has now gone quiet...
Although he has another year left on his current contract before officially becoming an unrestricted free agent next summer, it would be surprising to see Pacioretty start the season in Montreal as the situation would undoubtedly become a distraction in the locker room for the team.
So, yeah, it seems like the Habs will get screwed!