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from Elliotte Friedman of Sportsnet,

- Sometime before Round 2, Montreal went to Max Pacioretty with a trade offer from the Kings. An extension was included. It was time-sensitive, because 2018 draft picks were included. Pacioretty said no, and switched agents to Allan Walsh. Can it be revived? Not sure. I do think the Kings considered adding two scorers, not stopping with Ilya Kovalchuk. But the issue is going to be Pacioretty’s next contract.

I do believe he would like to play in Los Angeles, but would also like to make up for what he left on the table with the Canadiens. LA can’t fit that. Pacioretty is upset and the Canadiens are upset, so even though word was they may keep him now, that’s going to be awkward if it happens. GM Marc Bergevin will revisit this, maybe depending on who misses their target on July 1.

- The $79.5 million cap will make it tough for Winnipeg to keep Paul Stastny. The key might be offering some kind of draft pick/asset for another team to take Steve Mason. He has one more year at $4.1 million. If they can clear that, we’re in business.

- Not surprisingly, a lot of Day 1 interest in James van Riemsdyk. One team indicated they were told he’d narrow the field in the middle of the week.

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22. A team thinking of trading for Mike Hoffman tracked down one of his fianceeā€™s college roommates to find out as much as they could.

I wonder if it’s safe to assume that the team in question isn’t Florida, just because I assume Friedman would’ve said so if that was the case.

Posted by CharDeeMacDennis on 06/25/18 at 11:29 AM ET

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I sure wouldn’t want Pacioretty.  He seems like a constant problem at this point.

Posted by Primis on 06/25/18 at 12:33 PM ET


There’s nothing wrong with Pacioretty except that he (along with almost everyone else) has been mishandled by the Canadiens.  Never should have been made the captain, he’s not suited for it. Put him in a good hockey market that isn’t insane the way TO and Mtl are, give him a decent centre and he’ll put up 30 goals consistently for another few years.

Posted by dwgs on 06/26/18 at 03:41 PM ET

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