February 13, 2018 | 6:20pm ET
PANTHERS INTERESTED IN PACIORETTY?
Max Pacioretty, left wing
The Florida Panthers are among the teams believed to be interested in Montreal Canadiens captain Max Pacioretty, according to Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman.
In Friedman’s latest “31 Thoughts” column on Sporstnet.ca, he suggests the Panthers are in the mix and could possibly part with 20-year-old centre Henrik Borgstrom, whom the Panthers selected 23rd overall in the 2016 NHL Draft.
Borgstrom would, of course, be part of a package for Pacioretty, but Friedman claims he is ready to make the jump to the NHL after two seasons with the University of Denver.
The Habs are believed to be looking for a young, NHL-ready (or close to it) centre, a first-round draft pick and another asset for Pacioretty.
Panthers GM Dale Tallon is believed to be in the market for a top-line winger and was also linked to Ottawa Senators sniper Mike Hoffman earlier in the season. It’s unclear if any trade involving Florida is imminent, though.
Meanwhile, according to Friedman, the Canadiens are eyeing Arizona Coyotes forward Max Domi, who has struggled this season.
The Coyotes are believed to be exploring the market on Domi to give him a fresh start elsewhere, though it’s unclear if a deal will be made by the trade deadline or further explored in the summer around the NHL Draft.
Pacioretty ranks within the Top 10 of TFP’s Top 30 Available Players List.