This trade comes after reports of Pacioretty requesting to be dealt, which the now former Canadien captain has denied. He was named the captain in 2015, as he played in all 626 NHL games with Montreal. The 29-year-old has been the center of trade rumors since last season's trade deadline, as he is entering the final season of his six-year deal. That final year of that deal will be in Sin City, as he will be paid $4.5 million in 2018-2019.
If you think about it, this trade is not too much of a surprise, as Pacioretty seemed to be on cloud nine after Montreal's 6-3 loss at T-Mobile Arena. After the game, the Canadiens' captain called it the "best road game I've ever played in."
It did not take Las Vegas long to lock in their new playmaker, as they gave Pacioretty a four-year contract extension worth $28 million. The team announced the deal on Monday, as it keeps him with the Golden Knights through the 2022-2023 season.
The former Canadien has scored 226 goals and recorded 222 assists in 626 NHL games, as he will arrive in Las Vegas later this week. He will be joining the likes of Alex Tuch, who was huge in the Knights' Stanley Cup Final appearance last season, along with the new addition of Paul Stastny, as they look to overcome the losses of James Neal and David Perron in free agency.