The NHL’s Feb. 26 trade deadline is only a few weeks away, and things are still pretty quiet around the league. For now, anyway. It’s a tough market out there, and all it takes is one team or player to set a precedent and drive up the cost of getting a deal done. “I think a lot of the GMs are telling me that’s based on Max Pacioretty and the ask from the Montreal Canadiens,” Sportsnet’s Nick Kypreos said during Saturday’s Headlines segment on Hockey Night in Canada. “Some teams are telling me as many as four pieces: a first-rounder, a second-rounder, a warm roster body, and a top prospect. That is a non-starter for a lot of teams.” Reports of Pacioretty’s availability first surfaced last month, coinciding with a dismal scoring slump for the Habs captain that held him without a goal for all of December. Pacioretty has since broken that drought, registering eight goals and three assists in January. He now has 16 goals and 32 points through 52 games this season.
Price for Pacioretty remains high ahead of trade deadline
Sportsnet | Feb 4