Published: Tue, September 11, 2018
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Vegas Golden Knights give extension to Max Pacioretty

Vegas Golden Knights give extension to Max Pacioretty

Pacioretty has not yet signed an extension with the Golden Knights and Montreal is not retaining any salary on his deal.

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

What Happened Last Year: The 33-year-old Bergeron battled groin issues early and a fractured foot late in the season, and missed 18 games with his assorted injuries throughout the regular season. "We're aware that previous year he played a lot on the wing, but he played at centre too". Still, his low power-play shooting percentage (10.9 percent) kept him from making a bigger impact.

"He's done a lot of good things for the city of Montreal and the Canadiens and I want to wish him the best of luck in Vegas and I think he'll do well there".

Pacioretty comes to the Golden Knights having spent his entire career with the Canadiens after they selected him 22nd overall in the 2007 NHL Draft.

It means that Montreal has spiraled even further into a long-term rebuild after moving Pacioretty and PK Subban the past few years, and that they'll be pretty far down in the Atlantic Division pecking order this season. It should be said that after taking a sweetheart deal with the Canadiens on his last deal, Pacioretty is undoubtedly looking to cash in this time around. Over the past seven seasons, he has five 30-goal campaigns and scored at almost the same clip during the lockout-shortened season in 2012-13. The negativity of the situation probably would have been enough to sink the Canadiens' hopes for the season on its own. During the past five seasons, the most productive center on Pacioretty's line was Tomas Plekanec in 2015-16 (54 points). Does Vegas acquiring Pacioretty solidify their Cup aspirations?

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Despite having lower production at even strength, Tatar had 13 power-play points last season, his third-highest total since entering the National Hockey League in 2010-11. The Canadiens' trade of forward Alex Galchenyuk to the Arizona Coyotes on June 15 bodes well for Tatar.

Shaw said he knows Tatar from playing against him, adding he's dynamic, quick and works hard.

Tatar, 27, could also see more offensive-zone starts with Montreal. His contract slid last season and if he doesn't make the Canadiens out of training camp, it will do so for the second time. He's also scored 35 points in 28 playoff games.

Max Pacioretty is heading to Las Vegas in return for Tomas Tatar, prospect Nick Suzuki, and Columbus's second-round pick in 2019. He finished tied for third in shots on goal (282) and strengthens the Canadiens prospect pool at the center position.

The other part of the deal is 19-year-old Suzuki. Obviously, only time will tell who wins the trade, but the potential bounce back over the next three seasons from Tatar, the massive upside of Nick Suzuki, and another prospect via draft pick on the way, the Canadiens are putting themselves in a good spot down the road. In 64 games with Owen Sound, he had 42 goals and 58 assists; his 100 points was the fourth-most league-wide.

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