Pacioretty trade should continue downturn of B's rivals



The newest Golden Knights player agreed to a four-year, $28 million extension with the team hours after they acquired him from the Montreal Canadiens for two players and a draft pick. After months of speculation, Pacioretty has been shipped to the Golden Knights for Tomas Tatar, 2017 first-round pick Nick Suzuki and a 2019 second-round pick.

As for the acquisition of Tatar, the 27-year-old who scored 20 goals for a fourth straight season last year, Bergevin explained that the objective was to get someone who can help replace the scoring lost by moving Pacioretty. For his 10-year career, the New Canaan, Conn. native has 226 goals and 222 assists. Vegas sent a king's ransom to Detroit to acquire Tatar at the trade deadline with a first, second, and third-round pick in hopes that he was the last piece to complete their miracle season, but he was regularly scratched in the playoffs for underwhelming performances. "But I see progress for our team, and I'm convinced we're going in the right direction".

In Vegas, coach Gerard Gallant has his team play an up-tempo, transition game that was offensively fruitful for all involved last season.

The Canadiens reached the playoffs in seven of 10 seasons since Pacioretty was taken 22nd overall in the 2007 NHL Draft, including runs to the Eastern Conference final in 2010 and 2014.

But Musician Mic Manaras felt Montreal would be better off without Pacioretty. "Doesn't have to be captain-won't be the captain, we've got 23 captains-we're going to play and he's just going to play".

Up front, Alex Galchenyuk - who scored 30 goals two seasons ago - was traded for career 30-goal scorer Max Domi earlier this summer.

The 33-year-old Bergeron had a great season on many levels, but also a sobering season in that he again missed time with injuries and showed that he is indeed mortal and subject to the power of Father Time. "We're aware that past year he played a lot on the wing, but he played at centre too".

Bergevin said that when Pacioretty made the trade request, it was evident then that an extension wasn't going to be on the table. He makes plays. He thinks offensively.

Stockpiling picks is a good sign for Montreal, which expects to be competitive with a rebuilt offense and healthy seasons from Price and top defender Shea Weber. But with days to go before the start of training camp, the Montreal Canadiens have finally put an end to the saga. It's looking good, but that being said, you know, you start over at square one next year.

Suzuki was a first-round draft choice in 2017 (13th overall) and he is listed as a centre although he has played all three forward positions, which makes him a ideal addition to a team that seems determined to fit square pegs into round holes. "We have some good centers coming through the system, and with the departure of Max there's room on the wings too".

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