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Canadiens brass moving forward after Pacioretty trade

Canadiens brass moving forward after Pacioretty trade

Montreal's return can't be properly determined until we get a clearer picture on what Suzuki can become at the National Hockey League level.

Costa Poulos, a 67-year-old private chauffeur, said he doesn't believe the deal - in which the Canadiens obtained forwards Tomas Tatar and Nick Suzuki and a second-round pick in 2019 from the Vegas Golden Knights - will make much difference. The situation may not be pretty in 2018-19 for the Canadiens but the future certainly looks brighter. "Ten great seasons as a Montreal Canadien - and as a captain of our team - and he also played a great role in the community, and raised money for our Foundation and for the hospital".

It would be ludicrous to split up the top line of William Karlsson, Jonathan Marchessault, and Reilly Smith after their showing past year, meaning Pacioretty can slot in on the second line alongside fellow newcomer Paul Stastny - an elite playmaker far superior to any pivot Montreal was able to run out over the course of Pacioretty's tenure there. Over the last seven years, only two players (Alex Ovechkin and John Tavares) have scored more even strength goals than Pacioretty.

That chapter is closed now, though, and Pacioretty heads to Vegas with his sights set on bouncing back from what was statistically the worst full campaign of his career. He's the primary piece of the Habs' return, and has scored 196 points in his last 129 games with the OHL's Owen Sound Attack. McPhee, the Golden Knights' general manager, boldly.

In Vegas, coach Gerard Gallant has his team play an up-tempo, transition game that was offensively fruitful for all involved last season. The Golden Knights added him in a late move before the trade deadline in the hopes that he'd add more of an offensive punch for their postseason run.

What Happened Last Year: The 33-year-old Bergeron battled groin issues early and a fractured foot late in the season, and missed 18 games with his assorted injuries throughout the regular season.

In 2012, he won the Bill Masterton trophy, which is given to the National Hockey League player who "best exemplifies the qualities of perseverance, sportsmanship and dedication to the game". Pacioretty had five seasons with at least 30 goals.

It's evident the Golden Knights are putting stock in Pacioretty maintaining that rate of scoring, too, given the healthy return the Canadiens received. He had a goal and an assist in the playoffs. Vegas acquired that pick as part of the compensation for them agreeing to take William Karlsson in the Expansion Draft.

In any case, the Golden Knights' deal for Pacioretty looks significantly better knowing that he wont be a half-season rental, even more so when you consider that the terms are very agreeable.

Canadiens general manager Marc Bergevin told reporters Monday that Pacioretty had requested a trade, despite the player and his agent denying last week that they had asked for one.

Pacioretty's new pact with Vegas is the secondary story here, though, as the swap puts an end to the long-standing speculation about his future in Montreal and sees a captain and fan favorite depart. That meant the Canadiens would either have to quickly come to an agreement on an extension with Pacioretty's camp, or they'd have to pull the trigger on a trade if they didn't want to risk losing him for nothing in free agency.

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