from Frank Seravalli of TSN,
Could Pacioretty be part of a package to bring back the elusive centre the Canadiens have coveted since Saku Koivu?
One rumoured landing spot is the Los Angeles Kings. GM Rob Blake has talked repeatedly about the need to add scoring punch and Pacioretty has averaged 35 goals per year in his five full seasons prior to this past one.
There has also been speculation in recent days that the Buffalo Sabres could be a potential match. They have the premier centre on the market in Ryan O’Reilly, who is two spots ahead of Pacioretty on the Trade Bait board, a better player and better fit than pending free agent Paul Stastny.
The Habs would be thrilled to pay $7.5 million signing bonus due to O’Reilly on July 1 if it meant they could land the white whale GM Marc Bergevin has been hunting his entire tenure in Montréal.
What would it take?