In case you missed it, late last night the Montreal Canadiens and Vegas Golden Knights hooked up on a massive deal that seems Habs captain Max Pacioretty head to the 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.
The deal ends months of rumors and speculation surrounding Pacioretty and his future with the team that he’s been captain of the past four seasons. Pacioretty had been rumored to be headed to the Los Angeles Kings at the 2018 NHL Trade Deadline but Pacioretty reportedly quashed any chance of a deal by refusing to sign a long-term contract with the Kings. It seems, that a similar deal was in place with the Detroit Red Wings, before Pacioretty nixed that as well, this according to a report from RDS’ Francois Gagnon
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Pacioretty turned down a $ 36 million six-year contract offer that would have boosted his chances of continuing his career with the Kings in Los Angeles. According to reliable information, he would have refused a similar offer from the Detroit Red Wings.
This morning Habs GM Marc Bergevin confirmed that any trade for Pacioretty was indeed contingent on signing a long-term deal with his new club. He also confirmed that Pacioretty requested a trade “several times” last season.
Marc Bergevin said the trade was contingent on Pacioretty signing long term with Vegas.
Marc Bergevin:”Max Pacioretty asked to be traded a few times last season”
In other words… Pacioretty held ALL the cards in this situation. Armed with a no trade clause, Pacioretty had his choice of where he was willing to go and he made it clear to management that he wanted out. He forced Bergevin to make a move and, while it may not be a slam dunk win for the Habs, the veteran GM did a good job of acquiring assets for a player who no longer wanted to play for the organization.
Source: Renaud Lavoie
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