"It's better for him and for us", said Bergevin, who added he was very satisfied with the return in the deal. That's nothing against Max. The Golden Knights acquired Tatar from the Red Wings at the trade deadline for a first, second, and third round pick. Discussions were ongoing with Pacioretty and when the trade request came in, the Canadiens started to actively pursue it. "And the player and the organization agreed that it was probably in the best interest of Max and the organization to start to look for a trade". The likely candidates are veterans Shea Weber and Brendan Gallagher, though the organization has not indicated when it will make that decision.
Molson didn't want to get into the details of Pacioretty's trade request or when it was made.
After the trade Canadiens GM Marc Bergevin said the deal was contingent on Pacioretty signing an extension with the team.
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. Whether anybody in Montreal will admit it or not, he's been getting robbed left and right in trades for the last few years, and this was a trade that he needed to get right.
This move was made with the thinking that "if we go to the Cup Final again we will have more than just one line to stop".
With training camp starting later this week, Bergevin finally made his move, thus avoiding the massive distraction Pacioretty's arrival would have meant to the club.
However, on Monday, Bergevin told reporters that Pacioretty asked for a trade last season - something the player and his agent have publicly denied, as recently as last week.
"This has been going on for a while", Bergevin said.
Pacioretty is also familiar with Golden Knights coach Gerard Gallant, who was an assistant coach under Montreal's Michel Therrien in 2012.
Suzuki was the key piece in the deal, according to Bergevin, who said the Canadiens had him 11th on their draft list in 2017.
Tomas Tatar of the Vegas Golden Knights stretches before a game against the Los Angeles Kings at T-Mobile Arena on February 27, 2018, in Las Vegas.
Bergevin expects Tatar to be in camp and believes he can be an asset on the power play.
The Golden Knights will need to resign Pacioretty, as his current contract expires at the end of this season.
Max Pacioretty missed his tee time at the Canadiens' annual golf tournament at Laval-sur-le-Lac Monday. "He's always welcome back in this market as a person".