Sunday, December 22, 2013

Islanders Making A Serious Run At Max Pacioretty?

 photo by ESPN

According to Larry Brooks from the New York Post, the Islanders and Flyers are making a serious run at acquiring forward Max Pacioretty from the Montreal Canadians.

Pacioretty, 25, had 65 points including 33 goals in the 11/12 NHL season.  Pacioretty is also signed to a nice long term deal that pays him 4.5 million through the 2018/2019 season.  This season, Pacioretty has registered 15 goals and 19 points in 29 games.  Pacioretty is also a Connecticut native so he would be right at home here.

With that said, it is pretty surprising that Montreal would entertain moving such a player.  Their reasoning for entertaining trading Pacioretty, according to reports, is that he isn't a favorite of their head coach.

Given the money and term he is signed for I would be pretty surprised if the Islanders acquired Pacioretty.  If they did acquire him though it would tell me two things.  One, that Brooklyn is playing a larger role then we have been led to believe.  Secondly, that maybe they started to get the sense that their chances of resigning Thomas Vanek weren't very high so they wanted to try and add talent around him to try and encourage him to stay.

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