Canadiens fans shocked to wake up to Max Pacioretty trade news

Sep 10 2018, 6:59 pm

Monday started off with a buzz in Montreal as the Max Pacioretty saga came to an end in the wee hours of the morning.

After months of speculation and rumours, the Canadiens have traded their captain to the Vegas Golden Knights for Tomas Tatar, a prospect, and a draft pick.

The trade cements the fact that the Canadiens are retooling. The core group of players that general manager Marc Bergevin was touting a couple of years ago are all gone. Pacioretty joins P.K. Suban, Andrei Markov, Alexei Emelin, Alex Galchenyuk, Lars Eller and Mikhail Sergachev on his list of expendables.

Having already finished 29th in goals per game last year, the Habs have lost both size and scoring ability with the departure of Pacioretty.

They gained an established presence in Tomas Tatar, who’s under contract for three more years with a cap hit of $5.3 million, a good prospect in Nick Suzuki, and a second-round pick in the 2019 NHL Draft.

In what’s becoming all too common, fans are now asking themselves ‘what now?’

Did we get enough in return? Who’s going to captain the squad? How will we score?

Canadiens fans took to Twitter early Monday morning with mixed reactions.

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