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Montreal Trades Max Pacioretty To Vegas For Tomas Tatar, Nick Suzuki & A 2nd Round Pick

via a press release from the Montreal Canadiens,


added 7:08am,



Vegas press release is below.

VEGAS (September 9, 2018) - Vegas Golden Knights General Manager George McPhee announced today, September 9, the following roster transaction: the team has acquired forward Max Pacioretty from the Montreal Canadiens in exchange for Vegas Golden Knights forward Tomas Tatar , Vegas Golden Knights prospect Nick Suzuki and a 2019 Second Round draft pick originally belonging to the Columbus Blue Jackets.

The 29-year-old Pacioretty is a veteran of 626 NHL games - all with the Canadiens - and has tallied 226 goals and 222 assists for 448 points in his NHL career. He has also appeared in 38 playoff games for Montreal with 10 goals and nine assists in those postseason contests. Last season, Pacioretty tallied 17 goals and 20 assists for 37 points in 64 games. He has recorded 30 goals or more in five seasons and recorded a career-high 39 goals during the 2013-14 season.

The native of New Canaan, Connecticut was named the 29th captain in Canadiens history on September 18, 2015 and was the 2012 Masterton Award Winner, which is given to an NHL player who player who best exemplifies the qualities of perseverance, sportsmanship and dedication to hockey.

Pacioretty was selected by the Canadiens in the first round (22nd overall) of the 2007 NHL Entry Draft.

Tatar appeared in 20 games for the Golden Knights during the 2017-18 season after being acquired on February 26, 2018 for three draft picks. Suzuki was drafted by the Golden Knights in the first round (13th overall) in the 2017 NHL Entry Draft.

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Primis's avatar

Vegas sure did give up a lot for for a questionable return.

I don’t think Pacioretty’s going to just bounce back to run off 30-goal seasons at this point.  He’s 29 and I don’t think all the problems he has in Montreal were MTL’s fault.

And I’m not sure what Vegas is doing here, short of guaranteeing that they’re destroying whatever future they may have still had.  Imagine how bad this Vegas team might be in a couple more years after some of these guys they’re running with now age out and they then have no prospect pool to draw from.

Seattle might not need an expansion team.  They might be able to just relocate Vegas straight there.  Because once any winning stops one has to imagine crowds in Vegas will be non-existent.

As for Tatar… man did DET still get a haul for him.  The trade looked like a bad one for Vegas at the time, now it’s even worse.  And that’s just assuming Veleno becomes like a 3rd line C.  If he can develop into a Top 6 guy it’ll be even worse still.  Veleno is absolutely the kind of guy Vegas would and should have wanted in their system.

For all the “Wow, look at what McPhee did in Vegas” talk right now, in 5 years I think people will instead view them as a poster child of how to not build an expansion team.

Posted by Primis on 09/10/18 at 07:35 AM ET


I feel bad for Tatar.

Also, weird that Vegas overpaid for Tatar, then used Tatar as part of an overpayment for Pacioretty.

Also, weird that Montreal might actually win a trade for once in the last couple years.

Posted by CharDeeMacDennis on 09/10/18 at 09:25 AM ET

TreKronor's avatar

So in a way, Vegas gave up a first, 2 seconds, and a third for Max P.

Posted by TreKronor on 09/10/18 at 09:33 AM ET

Ajax19's avatar

And prospect, Nick Suzuki, the 13th overall pick in 2017.

That seems like a lot.

Posted by Ajax19 on 09/10/18 at 10:19 AM ET

Down River Dan's avatar

Wow!  I would have traded Tatar & From & 2nd rnd. Pick for Pacioretty.

I saw him play for a year or two ?? at UM.

Say what you will about KH, but he’s not the worst GM 8n the league, or even the division.

Posted by Down River Dan on 09/10/18 at 11:02 AM ET

Down River Dan's avatar

Sorry, From should have read Frk.

Posted by Down River Dan on 09/10/18 at 11:42 AM ET

Ajax19's avatar

I really don’t think Tatar & Frk & 2nd rnd would have netted Pacioretty.  Frk is a fringe NHLer at this point.  He’s a winger with a big shot and nothing else.  Suzuki, the key to this deal, was the 13th pick overall last year and has put up crazy numbers in the OHL the last two years.  The Habs are in dire need at center.  He, along with the Finn they drafted, will help to begin to fill that void. 

I think they wanted to an established NHL center for Pacioretty, but a 29 year old winger, isn’t bringing back a comparable NHL caliber center.

Posted by Ajax19 on 09/10/18 at 01:07 PM ET

Down River Dan's avatar

Don’t know much about Suzuki, but with that team, I’ll eat my 7 year old wings hat if he scores 20 with the Habs this year….

Posted by Down River Dan on 09/10/18 at 01:27 PM ET


It sure feels like Vegas’s “do things the right way”, “stick to the plan” and “build from within” has been seriously reconstructed based on the success they had last year. This could turn things ugly really quick if they cannot repeat last year’s success (which seems almost impossible) and any more of these trades go sour (as the Tatar deal already did).

I commend them for everything they accomplished last year but its a new season now and no one will overlook them. It’s bound to be a tougher journey and just getting to the playoffs is no sure bet. They, like just about every team with high aspirations, has to prove they are worthy once again. Last year’s success counts for nothing when the puck drops again come October.

Posted by evileye on 09/10/18 at 05:04 PM ET

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