Pacioretty shipped out of Montreal nothing but a good thing for Bruins

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Like most Montrealers, the goalie woke up Monday morning to news the Canadiens had announced at 1:05 a.m. that captain Max Pacioretty had been traded to the Vegas Golden Knights in exchange for veteran winger Tomas Tatar, forward prospect Nick Suzuki and a second-round pick at the 2019 NHL Draft. NHL.com goes behind the numbers to analyze the impact on each team.

It has been reported by Sportsnet's Eric Engels and TVA Sports' Renaud Lavoie that Pacioretty and the Golden Knights are engaged in contract talks. Last season, he had 20 goals with Detroit and Vegas. He managed just 17 goals and 37 points in 64 games in 2017-18, a precipitous downturn from the 35 goals and 67 points he had scored one season prior. Still, his low power-play shooting percentage (10.9 percent) kept him from making a bigger impact.

Nick Suzuki is a top-shelf prospect and could very well play some games for the Canadiens this season.

While rumours of a Pacioretty trade first surfaced last year, Bergevin actively shopped Pacioretty following the season and there was a deal with the Los Angeles Kings hours before this year's NHL Entry Draft in June. It should be said that after taking a sweetheart deal with the Canadiens on his last deal, Pacioretty is undoubtedly looking to cash in this time around.

Acquiring Paul Stastny earlier, and now Pacioretty means that the Golden Knights really mean business and are ready to go compete in the playoffs again. During the past five seasons, the most productive center on Pacioretty's line was Tomas Plekanec in 2015-16 (54 points).

Vegas is handing out this contract with the hope that Pacioretty bounces back to being a 60-point scorer.

From now until the beginning of training camp, Bruins Insider Joe Haggerty is profiling players who will be on, or have a chance to be on, the 2018-19 Bruins. Does Vegas acquiring Pacioretty solidify their Cup aspirations?

The Golden Knights scored the fifth-most goals in the National Hockey League last season (268, significantly more than Montreal's 207) and made the Stanley Cup Final, so Pacioretty should have the opportunity to generate points and approach his even-strength point total average (42.4) during the past five seasons.

Shaw said he knows Tatar from playing against him, adding he's dynamic, quick and works hard.

Tatar is coming off a particularly rough season himself.

The rumors surrounding Max Pacioretty's future ramped up ahead of last season's trade deadline, continued on at the draft, were a constant source of concern throughout the summer and threatened to carry on into the regular season.

The Golden Knights are banking that he merely had an off-year, and will return to the form that saw him score 30+ goals in the four previous seasons. He finished tied for third in shots on goal (282) and strengthens the Canadiens prospect pool at the center position.

Questions To Be Answered This Season: The 33-year-old Bergeron simply needs to stay on the ice and maintain his current level of play, and that will go a long way toward answering the questions for this season anyway.

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