Habs fans can finally relax as the Max Pacioretty saga came to an end at around 1am Eastern on Monday Morning as Max Pacioretty was traded.
The Montreal Canadiens have Traded forward Max Pacioretty to the Vegas Golden Knights in exchange for winger Tomas Tatar, center Nick Suzuki and a Conditional second round pick in the 2019 NHL Draft.
Pacioretty has spend his entire 10-year career with the Montreal Canadiens. He has scored 226 goals along with 222 assists for 448 career points in 626 career games. He also has 10 goals and nine assists for 19 points in 38 career playoff games. Pacioretty won the Masterson Trophy in 2012. He was originally drafted 22nd overall by the Habs in the 2007 NHL Draft.
Last season he scored 17 goals and 20 assists for 37 points in 64 career games. Pacioretty has a year left on his current contract and his set to become a free agent at the end of this season. It would be a shock if Vegas doesn’t offer a contract extension to Pacioretty, which could possibly happen before the season starts.
What This Means for the Future
The Habs acquire a young 19 year old center in this trade in Nick Suzuki along with a scoring winger in Tomas Tatar. Tatar has scored at least 20 goals in the past four season including scoring a career high 29 goals in the 2014-15 season. Tatar should expect to fit in the the Habs top six for this season.
Suzuki was the first ever draft pick by the Vegas Golden Knights as he was drafted 13th overall in the 2017 NHL Draft. He has scored at least 40 goals in the past two season in the OHL for the Owen Sound Attack but has yet to see time at the NHL or AHL level. Suzuki is exactly what the Habs have been searching for, a young center you can score and put up points. With the Habs current situation don’t be shocked if Suzuki finds his way into the Canadiens line-up once the regular season begins.