Did the Canadiens finally make a good trade in Max Pacioretty deal?

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The Vegas Golden Knights signed newly acquired forward Max Pacioretty to a four-year, $28-million contract, the team announced Monday.

In return for the 10-year NHL veteran and five-time 30-goal scorer, the Canadiens acquired forwards Tomas Tatar and Nick Suzuki, along with a second-round pick in the 2019 NHL Draft.

According to Montreal GM Marc Bergevin, Pacioretty had requested a trade last season, though a failed deal with the Los Angeles Kings during the 2018 National Hockey League draft led to the winger changing representation and new agent Allan Walsh saying the player didn't want to leave Montreal as recently as August 28.

"It was an ongoing thing all summer, so for it to finally be done, it puts closure to that chapter", Montreal forward Andrew Shaw said.

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

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.

Pacioretty is going into the final season a six-year contract with a cap hit of US$4.5 million. "But I see progress for our team, and I'm convinced we're going in the right direction". Over the past seven years, only two players (Alex Ovechkin and John Tavares) have scored more even-strength goals than Pacioretty.

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As if that weren't enough to revitalize Pacioretty, McPhee made sure his newest forward will have a chance to tune out all the extra noise and pressure that came with playing in Montreal. The extension appears to be a very good one for Vegas, as they manage to get the 29-year-old Pacioretty to stick around without having to overcommit on the term or dollars.

"From our perspective, we're going to focus on telling the truth and that is a request was made and that's it", Molson said.

Questions To Be Answered This Season: The 33-year-old Bergeron simply needs to stay on the ice and maintain his current level of play, and that will go a long way toward answering the questions for this season anyway. I played with him for 10 years. 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.

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's a player who brings an offensive aspect".

The Canadiens are not expected to be much of a contender in the Atlantic Division this season.

Suzuki was the 13th overall pick in the 2017 draft and was considered one of the organization's top prospects.

"That's a fact, yes", Bergevin said. "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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