In case you missed it last night, the Montreal Canadiens traded forward Alex Galchenyuk to the Arizona Coyotes in exchange for forward Max Domi. The deal was made as a one for one trade, with no picks or prospects included in the trade.
TRADE ALERT: Coyotes acquire Galchenyuk from Montreal for Domi. More details to come.
Has general manager Marc Bergevin then promptly signed Domi, a pending restricted free agent, to a two year contract with an annual average cap hit of $3.15 million. Fan reaction to the trade and the subsequent contract has been luke-warm at best with most fans upset at giving up on Galchenyuk’s skill and potential. Well… get ready to sacrifice more skill, Habs fans as it looks like captain and leading scorer Max Pacioretty could be on the move, as well.
According to a rumor report published by Boston area hockey insider Jimmy Murhphy, trade discussions concerning Paciorettty have picked up in the hours since the Domi for Galchenyuk swap and could result in another blockbuster move by the Habs this weekend.
Suddenly a lot of Max Pacioretty talk after Galchenyuk move. I’d keep an eye on FLAPanthers
Interesting. The Florida Panthers have only recently emerged as a possible destination for the 29 year old Pacioretty. The consistent 30+ goal and 60+ point scorer had a dreadful season in 2017-18, as did most of the Habs, with just 17 goals and 37 points, his lowest totals in a full season since 2010-11.
Pacioretty is heading into the final year of a contract that pays him an annual salary of $4.5 million, which should fit easily under the Panther’s internal salary cap. Should Bergevin decide to deal Pacioretty to the Panthers without retaining salary or taking on any additional contracts, the Habs will have close to $20 million in cap space to use in free-agency. Hello, John Tavares?
Depending on who you believe, the Habs are expected to be aggressive in pursuit of New York Islanders captain John Tavares should he hit the unrestricted free agent marking on July 1st. The problem is… the Habs will have competition. It’s believed that Tavares is focused on re-signing a long term deal with the Islanders before free agency. Failing that, the San Jose Sharks, Vegas Golden Knights and Detroit Red Wings have all reportedly expressed interest in signing the superstar center.