According to a french language report from CBC Radio Canada’s Martin Leclerc, Montreal Canadiens captain Max Pacioretty has formally requested to be traded.
In case you missed it, Habs insider Eric Engels of The Athletic leaked some inside info yesterday regarding the team’s recent dealings with Pacioretty. Engels 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.
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It nearly went down at the NHL Draft in June, when a deal with the Los Angeles Kings was hinging on Pacioretty signing a six-year, $36-million contract extension. But the captain, who fell well shy of his perennial 30-goal pace with only 17 goals last season, passed on L.A.’s offer, fired agent Pat Brisson, hired agent Allan Walsh, and has since been waiting for a contract offer from the Canadiens that he said on Tuesday has yet to come.
Less than 24 hours later, Leclerc reports that it was in fact Pacioretty who initiated this trade and he was NOT the one who vetoed the move. In fact, this was the second time the Habs sniper has asked out of Montreal. Check out the translated text from Leclerc’s report:
During the last season, it was Pacioretty himself who asked to leave Montreal several times and asked for an exchange. This information is confirmed by three sources well aware of the file. You read correctly: three sources. In concrete.
And it seems like it was not the first time. In 2013-2014, two years before being elected captain by his teammates, he had also asked to be exchanged, advance one of these three sources.
To further add to the soap opera in Montreal, Kings assistant GM Luc Robitaille took to the airwaves in Montreal to clarify a few things. First, the Kings love Pacioretty. Second, so do the Habs… apparently too much to trade him.
Speaking to 91.9 Sport FM’s Jean-Charles Lavoie, Robitaille said, ”It never went that far, we were interested in Max more than Marc [Bergevin] was interested to let him go. He knows he has a good player in his hands.”
UPDATE: As if this rumour couldn’t get any crazier… Pacioretty’s agent Allan Walsh took to social media today to put an end to all the speculation. Pacioretty did NOT ask for a trade and would sign a long term extension with the club TODAY if presented with one. The entire situation with the Kings is fully on GM Marc Bergevin and NOT on Pacioretty.
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Wow… WHO to believe? One thing’s for sure, the Montreal media is INSANE. Good luck, Patches. Hopefully you can pry yourself free from that toxic environment. Yikes.