“I just wanted to show that Montreal made the right decision by bringing me in,” says Nick Suzuki of the deal made three years ago.
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Sometimes the exchanges work well for both teams.
This was the case with the trade between the Habs and the Golden Knights three years ago that sent Max Pacioretty to Las Vegas in exchange for Nick Suzuki, Tomas Tatar and a second round pick in the NHL Draft. 2019 which was then distributed to the Los Kings d’Angeles in exchange for a third round pick (Mattias Norlinder) and a fifth round pick (Jacob Leguerrier).
The Canadiens traded for the future while the Golden Knights traded for the present and it’s pretty cool that the two teams meet in a Stanley Cup semi-final series that kicks off Monday in Las Vegas. (21 h, CBC, SN, TVA Sports, TSN 690 Radio, 98,5 FM).
The Golden Knights have made the playoffs all three seasons since acquiring Pacioretty and are in the semifinals for the second year in a row. Pacioretty had 24-27-51 totals in 48 regular season games this year, while Suzuki had 15-26-41 totals in 56 games and Tatar had 10-20-30 in 50 games. Tatar has been a good scratch in the last six playoff games and has also been a strong scratch in 12 of 20 playoff games with the Golden Knights when they advanced to the Cup final in 2018 as a team. expansion.
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“I think it’s a little different for him,” Suzuki said of Pacioretty, who has played 10 seasons with the Canadiens and has been his captain for the past three. “I wasn’t really on that (Vegas) team… I was just one of the prospects they drafted. He played here for a long time, was the captain, he was a big part of the organization. I know the fans all loved him when he played here. It’s a different situation.
Pacioretty is 4-4-8 in seven playoff games after missing the first six games of a first-round series against the Minnesota Wild with an undisclosed injury that sidelined him for almost ‘a month. He scored or assisted on all four game-winning goals in Vegas’ second-round victory over the Colorado Avalanche. Suzuki is 4-4-8 in 11 playoff games.
Last season Pacioretty had a total of 32-34-66 in 77 games, hitting the 30-goal mark for the sixth time in his career and he was on track to score over 30 again this year if it was of a regular 82-hour game.
Suzuki said he doesn’t know how Pacioretty is doing with Vegas.
“I just saw their playoffs when I wasn’t playing yet,” he said. “But I’ve never spoken to or met him before. “