Max Pacioretty’s days with the Montreal Canadiens seem to be numbered.
According to an NHL source, Habs general manager Marc Bergevin told Pacioretty there will be no contract negotiation, and that he will trade him as soon as possible.
The Canadiens captain has insisted all along that he wants to stay in Montreal, but it certainly doesn’t look like the team wants to keep him.
“I’ll reiterate what Max has said a number of times, that he loves Montreal, he holds Montreal dear to his heart and he hopes to stay,” Pacioretty’s agent Allan Walsh told Godin.
Here’s what Pacioretty had to say about Montreal and the team at the end of the season:
“I love playing in Montreal,” Pacioretty said at the end of last season. “I haven’t played with another player who loves playing here as much as I do. I live here all year. I’m invested in the city and I’m out every day with the fans of the city and I just love everything about it here. But as we all know, hockey was below par this year for our team, for myself. And when that happens, everyone has to look for answers. I have to look for answers, the team has to look for answers. Whether that’s changing players or making other moves, I can’t control that. But at the end of the day, I’m still playing hockey in the NHL so for me to get caught up in worrying and not focusing on what’s important in life, I think that would be unfair to my family. You approach each day as a father and a husband and now that it’s the summer I take a little bit of a break and not worry about hockey as much. But whatever happens, I guess I’m ready for it and ready to do the best I can to make that situation the best.”
“I love everything about this city and I love playing hockey here and my family loves it here,” Pacioretty said at the end of the season. “We’re just so comfortable with the way people live their lives here. It definitely took me getting used to at first. I don’t want to say it was a culture shock, but this is a special place — where it’s more of a European lifestyle — and I didn’t understand that when I first came here, being younger and being from the States and being from crazy cities like Manhattan and bigger cities. But I’ve fallen in love with this city. Me and my family, my kids my wife … whether I’m playing here or not I’m always most likely going to call Montreal home and I look forward to spending the rest of my life really with the fans that do love me in the city — and I think for the most part that’s most of them.”
Pacioretty, 29, is coming off a down year with the Habs in which he scored 17 goals and added 20 assists in 64 games played. He has one year remaining on his deal, which carries a cap hit of $4.5 million, before he becomes an unrestricted free agent.