Max Pacioretty has been a target of trade rumors over the last few weeks. Lost in that noise has been the cries of a newborn child. Pacioretty became a new dad recently when his wife, Katia gave birth on December 23, as per Joshua Fisher of NCAdvertiser.com.
That adds an interesting wrinkle to the hearsay that the New York Islanders and Philadelphia Flyers are “taking serious runs” at the Montreal Canadiens winger.
As per Larry Brooks of The New York Post:
We’re told the Islanders and Flyers are taking serious runs at Pacioretty, who has a club-friendly contract worth $4.5 million per that runs through 2018-19, but Montreal GM Marc Bergevin isn’t prone to dealing him in the East — if he’s willing to deal him at all after the roster freeze melts after Friday night’s games.
In a cap-crunch league where money is everything, it’s tough to imagine Montreal getting a strong enough deal to convince them to move Pacioretty. He’s a steal at $4.5 million, especially when you look at the deals that were handed out last summer during free agency.
The 25-year-old appears to be an automatic 30-goal scorer. He put up 33 in his last full season and would have approached that number again in 2013 had the season not been cut short by the lockout. Pacioretty is on pace for 38 goals this season.