Max Pacioretty was dealt to the Vegas Golden Knights Sunday evening, putting the final touches on a trade situation that had unfolded over the better part of a year.
Tomas Tatar, Nick Suzuki, and a 2019 second-round pick came back to the Canadiens in that swap.
“So the Max Pacioretty saga is finally over in Montreal,” noted Pierre LeBrun during a Monday morning TV segment on TSN. “Obviously both sides, I think, were looking forward to some kind of resolution - certainly from the Canadiens’ point of view.
“I think we’ll look back and wonder could GM Marc Bergevin have done better at the trade deadline. I suspect most of what he got offered then was futures only. Obviously waited this long, got a deal in which he got Suzuki the prospect; but also Tatar, who struggled after going from Detroit to Vegas and wasn’t even part of the playoff roster most nights. Although with Vegas retaining part of his salary he becomes a $4.8 million a year player for the next couple of years for Montreal, so maybe they can find the best out of a 20-goal scorer.
“At the end of the day, given what everyone knew was going on, certainly not a bad play here by Marc Bergevin in terms of getting three assets back for a player on an expiring deal.
“Now certainly, I think, if you’re Vegas you’re going to try and sign Pacioretty. You don’t want to give up these assets and have him walk away in 12 months, so you look for that I’m sure.
“And certainly it makes you wonder what this does on the Erik Karlsson front because Vegas has been part of that going back to the trade deadline, but throughout the summer, amongst other teams. Can they pull off two big deals, or does this pull them off? Too early to tell.”
Karlsson, the biggest available fish in the trade pond, is in the final season of his contract with the Ottawa Senators, and it seems to be a matter of when and not if he’ll be dealt in 2018-19.
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