The 27-year-old has three years left on his contract with a $5.3 million cap hit, making him Montreal's second-highest paid forward behind Jonathan Drouin.
"They asked for a trade, so, to me, a contract extension was not on the table", Bergevin said Monday. "We're aware that previous year he played a lot on the wing, but he played at centre too".
Max Pacioretty became traded to the Vegas Golden Knights by the Montreal Canadiens for ahead Tomas Tatar, ahead prospect Reduce Suzuki and a second-spherical purchase in the 2019 NHL Draft on Sunday.The 29-year-extinct ahead had 37 draw (17 targets, 20 assists) in 64 games with Montreal closing season, lacking the closing 18 games of the fashioned season with a knee damage.Pacioretty, named the Canadiens' Twenty ninth captain on September 18, 2015, has one season ideal on a six-year contract and would possibly maybe perhaps even turn out to be an unrestricted free agent on July 1, 2019.He talked about on September 6 he would no longer negotiate a lengthy-time-frame contract with the Canadiens once the fashioned season had began on October three and became no longer sure if he would be with Montreal when coaching camp opened this week. Vegas sent a king's ransom to Detroit to acquire Tatar at the trade deadline with a first, second, and third-round pick in hopes that he was the last piece to complete their miracle season, but he was regularly scratched in the playoffs for underwhelming performances.
On Monday, Attack general manager Dale DeGray said he was happy for Suzuki even though the move puts his junior club in a precarious position should the Habs keep the 19-year-old in the pros.
"I'm not going to deny that he didn't perform up to par in Vegas, but it was a short period of time".
Suzuki is by far the highlight of the return coming back for the Habs.
Bergevin acknowledged that Walsh was allowed to speak with the Golden Knights to begin contract negotiations before the trade was finalized.
He followed up a 96-point campaign (45 goals, 51 assists) in 2016-17 with a 100-point effort (42 goals, 58 assists) this past season, ranking as the fourth-leading point-getter in the League. The core group of players that general manager Marc Bergevin was touting a couple of years ago are all gone. "He's got skill. He's a cerebral player". He makes plays. He thinks offensively.
"It's possible. He's going to come to camp". "It's been going on several months now that we've been trying to make this happen". He could still go back to Owen Sound.
Suzuki has one year of junior eligibility remaining, but Bergevin and head coach Claude Julien said the youngster will be given a chance to earn a spot in the National Hockey League this year.
As far as naming a new captain is concerned, Bergevin mentioned that he doesn't now have a timeframe in mind. 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.
The Montreal Canadiens and Max Pacioretty have finally split.
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.
According to Molson, once Pacioretty requested to be moved, "it was probably in the best interest of Max and the organization to start to look for a trade" as the organization continues to look to the future. "Here we are today, the morning after", Molson said.