June 26, 2018 | 5:10pm ET
NO DEAL CLOSE WITH KINGS, SHARKS FOR PACIORETTY, PER SOURCES
Max Pacioretty, left wing
The Montreal Canadiens were engaged in plenty of trade talks over the past week and over the NHL Draft, but despite reports suggesting otherwise, the team was never close to trading captain Max Pacioretty to the Los Angeles Kings or San Jose Sharks.
According to multiple well-placed sources, the Canadiens were not close to moving Pacioretty to either team over draft weekend.
In addition, sources close to the situation told TFP that despite reports to the contrary, the Kings never received permission to speak with Pacioretty’s representation, at time point, to negotiate a contract extension.
Pacioretty changed agents over the weekend, replacing Pat Brisson at CAA late-Friday night/early-Saturday morning with Allan Walsh of Octagon.
On Saturday, during Day 2 of the NHL Draft, it had been widely reported that a trade with the Sharks had been worked out that would have sent Pacioretty to San Jose. Despite TFP being told the same, at the time, sources have since confirmed that no trade had been finalized and the reports were inaccurate.
Pacioretty, 29, has one-year remaining on his contract, which comes with a $4.5 million salary cap hit – he will make $5 million in actual salary this coming season.
The native of New Canaan, Connecticut, who stays in Montreal almost year-round, had been very vocal about his desire to stay in Montreal towards the end of the regular-season. It’s unclear if his opinion has changed in recent months.
In an injury-plagued season, Pacioretty registered 17 goals and 20 assists for 37 points in 64 games with the Habs in 2017-18. He had scored 30 or more goals in five of the previous six seasons.
TFP Editor-in-Chief David Pagnotta contributed to this report.