Published: Tue, September 11, 2018
Sports | By Juana Wells

Canadiens trade Pacioretty to Vegas for Tatar, Suzuki, draft pick

Canadiens trade Pacioretty to Vegas for Tatar, Suzuki, draft pick

Pacioretty's 2018-19 cap hit will remain $4.05 million, as established by his old deal, with the new extension kicking in for the 2019-20 season. And it would have been one more enormous obstacle to overcome in the quest for redemption from a fourth-from-last place finish a season ago. "Today we're starting off with two new players arriving, we're preparing for a good training camp and a good start to the season, and there won't be any distractions to deal with".

Overall Outlook: Bergeron is the No. 1 center on the Boston Bruins, the best two-way center in the NHL and a player that's certainly in the top-10 players in the entire NHL after a brilliant 15 years in the league.

Pacioretty is returning to his home country of the United States - a country he has represented on four occasions: the 2016 World Cup of Hockey, 2014 Winter Olympic Games, 2012 IIHF Men's World Championship and 2008 IIHF World Junior Championship. I can't say exactly where he'll be on the day he ends up playing for the Montreal Canadiens, but I'm confident that he's going to help us.

The real game-changing piece coming to Montreal is 19-year-old center Nick Suzuki, the 13th overall pick in the 2017 NHL Entry Draft, who has been lighting it up for the Owen Sound Attack in the OHL.

"But I see progress for our team, and I'm convinced we're going in the right direction". He has 448 points (226 goals) in 626 games spanning 2008-18. "Like I said earlier, I just wish him all the best and hopefully it works out for him". You'd like to see Tatar come in and score his 20, 25 goals like he normally does. It was downright sad to watch Claude Julien wax poetic about Patrice Bergeron and Brad Marchand after the duo had teamed to beat Montreal in their own barn in the regular season, then watch the Habs get blown out in his first return to Boston as the Habs head coach. The Golden Knights acquired Tatar from the Red Wings at the trade deadline for a first, second, and third round pick. 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.

"I feel like a lot of people have written us off already, so there's not a lot of pressure on our group", Price said on Monday.

"There are all kinds of buzz words around re-tooling and rebuilding". Slight re-tool, rebuild, whatever we want to call it.

"There's no question that Marc (Bergevin) has made an effort, especially this summer, to become younger, faster, and to build a pipeline of young players that are going to allow us to be successful over the longer term", said Molson. The likely candidates are veterans Shea Weber and Brendan Gallagher, though the organization has not indicated when it will make that decision.

Max Pacioretty missed his tee time at the Canadiens' annual golf tournament at Laval-sur-le-Lac Monday. "And that's not just on one guy".

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