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.
Check it out:
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. It not only gives Pacioretty a fresh start in Vegas, but it’s also a fresh start for former Detroit Red Wings sniper Tomas Tatar. Tatar, who was acquired by Vegas at the 2018 NHL Trade Deadline in exchange for a 1st round, 2nd round and 3rd round pick, has not fit in with his new club and will likely benefit from moving back to the Eastern Conference.
As for the details of the deal, Sportsnet’s Chris Johnston did some late night digging to uncover the specifics. Check it out:
Montreal retained 10% of Max Pacioretty’s contract in the deal with Vegas. The Golden Knights retained 9.34% on Tomas Tatar — giving the habs a $500,000 AAV savings for the two seasons beyond this coming one.
So … the habs lower their cap charge on Tatar to $4.8M for 2019-20 and 2020-21, but hold back some money on Pacioretty this season to mitigate the actual financial savings.
Tomas Tatar doesn’t have any no-trade protection for the remainder of his contract. It was negotiated into the original deal with Detroit, but hadn’t kicked in before he was sent to Vegas — voiding it, as per the NHL’s CBA.
As for Pacioretty’s contract… well he’s still signed for 2018-19, but Vegas GM George McPhee will need to negotiate a new deal with his newly acquired player if he expects him to be in Vegas longterm. It’s been predicted that Paciroetty has holding out on the Habs for nothing less than top dollar, but it remains to be seen how last night’s developments affect his decision making process. Will he take a discount to play in the Nevada desert? Time will tell.
Source: Chris Johnston
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