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Canadiens trade Pacioretty to Vegas

The Montreal Canadiens trade their captain to the Golden Knights for three assets

September 10, 2018 - 10:21 am

The Montreal Canadiens and Vegas Golden Knights pulled off a significant trade late Sunday night as many were already fast asleep.

The Canadiens have traded captain Max Pacioretty to the Golden Knights in exchange for forwards Tomas Tatar and Nick Suzuki, and a second round pick in the 2019 NHL Draft.

Montreal has been rumored to move Pacioretty for several months now, but a deal was not able to get done until the late hours of Sunday night and into Monday morning. Last season, the 29-year-old winger put up his worst season, in terms of points, since the 2010-11 season with just 17 goals and 37 points in 64 games. Prior to last season, Pacioretty was a 30-goal scorer in four straight years, and in five of the last six seasons.

The Golden Knights will need to re-sign Pacioretty, as his current contract expires at the end of this season. Pacioretty will turn 30-years old in November.

As for Tomas Tatar, he'll join his third team in seven months. The Golden Knights acquired Tatar from the Red Wings at the trade deadline for a first, second, and third round pick. He scored four goals and two assists in 20 regular season games for Vegas. He followed that up with a goal and an assist in eight playoff games. Tatar was a healthy scratch regularly in the postseason.

As for Suzuki, he was the Golden Knights' first round pick (13th overall) in the 2017 NHL Draft. Last season playing for Owen Sound in the Ontario Hockey League, Suzuki scored 42 goals and 100 points in 64 games.

The Canadiens are not expected to be much of a contender in the Atlantic Division this season. When Montreal last made the playoffs in 2017, their top-three scorers were Max Pacioretty, Alexander Radulov, and Alex Galchenyuk. All are now on different teams.


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