Golden Knights acquire Pacioretty from Canadiens

The Vegas Golden Knights acquired All-Star forward Max Pacioretty from the Montreal Canadiens late Sunday night in exchange for Tomas Tatar, prospect Nick Suzuki and a second-round pick in the 2019 NHL Entry Draft.

Vegas announced the deal for the 29-year-old Pacioretty, who has played all 626 of his career NHL games with Montreal, for whom he was named a captain in 2015. He recently denied requesting a trade, but is entering the final year of a six-year contract and had regularly been tied to trade rumors since last season’s deadline.

Pacioretty is due to earn $4.5 million this season and will be reunited with Golden Knights coach Gerard Gallant, who was an assistant for the Canadiens in 2012. Montreal will retain 10 percent of Pacioretty’s contract, according to multiple reports, while Vegas will retain close to 9.5 percent of Tatar’s.

Pacioretty scored between 60-67 points in every season from 2013-14 to 2016-17, but his production dipped to 20 goals and 37 assists in 64 games last season. He had a minus-16 plus-minus ratio, his third consecutive negative season. For his 10-year career, the New Canaan, Conn. native has 226 goals and 222 assists.

Pacioretty also has 10 goals and nine assists in 38 career playoff games. He was originally a first-round pick by Montreal in 2007.

Tatar had 20 goals and 14 assists combined for Vegas and the Detroit Red Wings last season, and was acquired by the Golden Knights before the trade deadline. However, only four of those goals and two assists came in 20 games with Vegas, and Tatar carries a $5.3 million salary cap hit for next season.

Suzuki was the 13th overall pick in the 2017 draft and was considered one of the organization’s top prospects. The deal was announced shortly after he participated in a rookie game for the Golden Knights. Suzuki finished fourth in the Ontario Hockey League with 100 points last season, recording 42 goals and 58 assists.

–Field Level Media

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