Hockey Night analyst Nick Kypreos said Montreal Canadiens general manager Marc Bergevin is actively shopping foward Max Pacioretty on the trade market. "While an eventual trade may include draft picks and prospects, it's been clear to other teams that Bergevin's top priority is moving him for a top goal-scorer," Kypreos said. Kypreos said he believes that Bergevin wants to acquire younger talent in any deal for the 29-year-old Pacioretty, who has scored eight goals this season and one in his past 20 games entering play Saturday (Pacioretty was held scoreless in a 2-0 loss against the Florida Panthers). Kypreos also said Bergevin will be patient, referencing how long Joe Sakic waited to move Matt Duchene. "There is a sense that Marc Bergevin will not settle on this," Kypreos said. "If he doesn't get what he wants by the trade deadline Feb. 26, he might be willing to wait for the NHL Draft in Dallas, late June." Kypreos' Hockey Night colleague Ron MacLean referenced a possible rift between head coach Claude Julien and Max Pacioretty, Sportsnet's Elliotte Friedman said that one NHL general manager believes in listening to recent quotes from Pacioretty is pinning much of the Canadiens failures on himself.
Canadiens shopping Max Pacioretty amid scoring slump
Sporting News | Dec 31