No Captain! My Captain? Habs trade Pacioretty to Vegas
It was well known that Montreal Canadiens GM Marc Bergevin was not going to bring back Habs captain Max Pacioretty for the final year of his contract. We just didn't know where the man known as 'Patches' would end up, until now.
Early Tuesday morning, at about 1:00 A.M. it was announced that Max Pacioretty had been traded to the Vegas Golden Knights for forward Tomas Tatar, prospect Nick Suzuki and a 2019 Second Round draft pick (originally belonging to the Columbus Blue Jackets).
Pacioretty has played in 626 NHL games, all with the Canadiens, and tallied 226 goals, 222 assists for 448 points. He added 10 goals and nine assists in 38 playoff games.
The captain had netted 30 goals or more in five seasons for the Habs, reaching his career high (39) in 2013-14.
Last year was a disappointing season, as it was for the entire team, with Pacioretty managing just 17 goals and 20 assists in 64 games.
Pacioretty was named the 29th captain in Canadiens history on September 18, 2015.
Tomas Tatar, who was acquired by the Golden Knights in a trade with the Detroit Red Wings, has played in 427 NHL games and has tallied 119 goals, 109 assists for 228 points. He has also produced four goals and five assists in 25 playoff games.
The 19-year-old Suzuki played in 64 games for the OHL's Owen Sound Attack in 2017-18. He finished fourth in league scoring with 100 points (42 goals, 58 assists). He added 12 points in 11 playoff games.
Not long after the trade was announced the Canadiens posted the following video tribute to YouTube.