General manager Marc Bergevin stepped up to the podium at the 43rd edition of the Habs' golf tournament and confirmed that the veteran winger requested to be traded at some point last season.
"It was an ongoing thing all summer, so for it to finally be done, it puts closure to that chapter", Montreal forward Andrew Shaw said.
But the Canadiens struggled overall and were 29th in the league in offense past year, meaning there's reason to believe Pacioretty can get back to his productive ways on a very impressive Golden Knights team.
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. "But I see progress for our team, and I'm convinced we're going in the right direction".
The Golden Knights have high hopes heading into their second season after becoming the most successful expansion team in National Hockey League history, winning the Pacific Division crown and Western Conference title before falling to the Washington Capitals in the Stanley Cup Final.
Tatar scored just four goals and two assists in 20 regular season games with the Golden Knights. Prior to last season, Pacioretty was a 30-goal scorer in four straight years, and in five of the last six seasons.
"It's something we really had to have", Bergevin said.
But Musician Mic Manaras felt Montreal would be better off without Pacioretty.
"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. With the Canadiens needing to rebuild, it made sense to move the 29-year-old pending unrestricted free agent.
Questions To Be Answered This Season: The 33-year-old Bergeron simply needs to stay on the ice and maintain his current level of play, and that will go a long way toward answering the questions for this season anyway.
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. McPhee was willing to pay the price of three draft picks for him at the trade deadline, though his showing the Vegas down the stretch left a lot to be desired.
"I'm not going to deny it, you guys; he didn't perform up to par in Vegas", said Bergevin. "He's a player who brings an offensive aspect". The negativity of the situation probably would have been enough to sink the Canadiens' hopes for the season on its own. 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. Montreal's first-round pick, 22nd overall, at the 2007 draft, he debuted with the Canadiens during the 2008-09 campaign, took strides towards become a fixture in 2009-10 and had a promising campaign derailed in 2010-11 by injury. "That was a key that was very important to the organization and that's what we were able to get in Suzuki", Bergevin said.