The Pittsburgh Penguins and Montreal Canadiens aren’t a compare for a Max Pacioretty trade. No matter how many a Penguins might like Pacioretty, or how ideally he would fit beside “Sid,” “Geno,” or “Brass,” a merger nonplus doesn’t fit.
The Pacioretty-for-Derick Brassard bandwagon creates ideal clarity in a armchair GM world. A initial or second line core for a initial or second line left wing. Both contracts end after this season. Easy! Unfortunately, Montreal has small reason to follow Brassard’s failing contract. Things might have been opposite if Canadiens tip defenseman Shea Weber were healthy and a Canadiens were means to supplement to their register around giveaway agency. Or if a few of their prospects, like Charles Hudon or Nikita Scherbak, reached their potential, and a Canadiens would be chasing a playoff spot.
Instead, Canadiens General Manager Marc Bergevin is staring during a reconstruct that he doesn’t wish to admit, during slightest publicly. Bergevin is perplexing to “retool” on a fly, instead.
A (soon to be) 31-year-old core like Brassard on an failing understanding usually wouldn’t assistance a Canadiens. They are not in “win now” mode, yet.
Conversely, Penguins General Manager Jim Rutherford is out of income tip space. After they pointer Jamie Oleksiak, around intentional agreement or arbitration, a group will have reduction than $1 million of tip space. So, any understanding to acquire a left winger contingency be offset by trade co-ordinate salary. The problem is a Penguins don’t have many large salaried players who aren’t core pieces or are expendable.
Olli Maatta, Carl Hagelin, Brian Dumoulin, Bryan Rust, and Justin Schultz make between $3.5 million and $5.5 million.
Forgive Bergevin if that whole list solely for Schultz wouldn’t be adequate for a dirty left wing captain who scored 30 or some-more goals in 4 true seasons. The Canadiens need many things though they will also need to reinstate a outrageous cube of offense when they understanding Pacioretty.
If we flip a book and demeanour from a Canadiens perspective, they would be fit seeking for players like Jake Guentzel or Schultz. And more. The Penguins’ many important awaiting is Daniel Sprong, who is some-more delicious to Pittsburgh fans than opposition GMs. Sprong has trade value though a Penguins awaiting list is short, and there is no one else watchful in a wings to chip in on a measure sheet, either.
Last week, sources told Pittsburgh Hockey Now a Penguins did scrutinise about Pacioretty though talks went nowhere. The Canadiens’ seeking cost was out of a Penguins range.
The conditions could change, however, since a Canadiens done an spontaneous error. Tuesday, the Canadiens told Pacioretty he would not be re-signed, and he would be traded as shortly as possible. Nothing like telegraphing a pierce and holding options off a table, eh?
So, now a competition is on. Bergevin might have elicited a spike in gibberish and phone calls, though a time is now ticking. There will shortly come a indicate during that Pacioretty’s trade value declines as meddlesome parties collapse and a deteriorate approaches. No group or actor wants to go by a consistent daze of wondering when a trade is coming.
Perhaps a cost could tumble into a Penguins range. That is a usually genuine possibility Pacioretty becomes a Penguin. As improbable as that might seem, Bergevin has embellished himself into a corner. He might need a wizard to get him out of it. But a existence is expected that another group will get closer to Montreal’s seeking cost than a Penguins ever could.
Some group can and should offer a tip prospect, a tip collect and a good actor for Pacioretty. The Penguins usually don’t have that many to spare.