Golden Knights sign Pacioretty to 4-year, $28M extension

Tanya Simon
September 11, 2018

McCarron, the Canadiens' first-round pick (25th overall) at the 2013 NHL Draft played 54 games last season with the Rocket, posting 7-17-24 totals and 121 penalty minutes.

But the Canadiens struggled overall and were 29th in the league in offense a year ago, meaning there's reason to believe Pacioretty can get back to his productive ways on a very impressive Golden Knights team.

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.

Even with last season's difficulties, Pacioretty has maintained an 11.5 percent shooting percentage over the past seven campaigns, and when it comes to pure goal scoring, there are few players who boast better resumes.

Earlier Monday, Canadiens general manager Marc Bergevin said the trade was contingent upon Pacioretty signing in Vegas long term. Suzuki is especially worth watching, as the 19-year-old has scored a remarkable 120 goals and 271 points in 226 games across the regular season and playoffs in the OHL over the past three seasons.

"From our perspective, we're going to focus on telling the truth and that is a request was made and that's it", Molson said.

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The move was the culmination of months of questions surrounding the Habs and their now ex-captain, who has one season remaining on his current deal, and quickly signed an extension with the Golden Knights to the tune of four years and $28 million that will take him through the 2022-23 season.

Back in Montreal, Canadiens players are eager to move forward after a busy summer that also saw Bergevin move forward Alex Galchenyuk to the Arizona Coyotes for Max Domi. "It sounds like both sides are going to be happy".

Overall Outlook: Bergeron is the No. 1 center on the Boston Bruins, the best two-way center in the NHL and a player that's certainly in the top-10 players in the entire NHL after a brilliant 15 years in the league.

"I'm not going to deny it, you guys; he didn't perform up to par in Vegas", said Bergevin. Prior to last season, Pacioretty was a 30-goal scorer in four straight years, and in five of the last six seasons. He makes plays. He thinks offensively. "With Max's departure we felt we needed to replace that, which we did, and we also got a second-round pick, so now we have 10 picks at this point for 2019". When the Canadiens visited the city for the first time last season, he said the experience was unlike any arena in the National Hockey League.

Suzuki was a first-round draft choice in 2017 (13th overall) and he is listed as a centre although he has played all three forward positions, which makes him a flawless addition to a team that seems determined to fit square pegs into round holes.

"One point that was very important for us was to get a young prospect, what we call an "A" prospect". It's looking good, but that being said, you know, you start over at square one next year. I can't say exactly where he'll be on the day he ends up playing for the Montreal Canadiens, but I'm confident that he's going to help us.

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