General manager Marc Bergevin stepped up to the podium at the 43rd edition of the Habs' golf tournament and confirmed that the veteran winger requested to be traded at some point last season.
Suzuki was a first-round draft choice in 2017 (13th overall) and he is listed as a centre although he has played all three forward positions, which makes him a ideal addition to a team that seems determined to fit square pegs into round holes.
After some productive seasons in Detroit, Tatar never seemed to fit in with the Golden Knights after being acquired in February.
Montreal, however, did pretty well for itself with the return for Pacioretty. When the Canadiens visited the city for the first time last season, he said the experience was unlike any arena in the National Hockey League. "Ten great seasons as a Montreal Canadien - and as a captain of our team - and he also played a great role in the community, and raised money for our Foundation and for the hospital".
Prior to last season, Pacioretty had four consecutive 60-plus point seasons - including a career-high 39-goal campaign in 2013-14. All of that bodes well for Pacioretty, who, barring last season, has proven himself to be one of the game's most skilled finishers. It had the second-worst penalty kill and scored only 130 goals while allowing 158 at five-on-five.
The Golden Knights are banking that he merely had an off-year, and will return to the form that saw him score 30+ goals in the four previous seasons. I hope that we're a better team than we were previous year. He's been with the franchise since being the team's first-round pick in 2007, amassing 226 goals and 448 points in 626 games. When Montreal last made the playoffs in 2017, their top-three scorers were Max Pacioretty, Alexander Radulov, and Alex Galchenyuk.
"I'm not going to deny it, you guys; he didn't perform up to par in Vegas", said Bergevin. It's looking good, but that being said, you know, you start over at square one next year. He was also a healthy scratch for all but eight games of Vegas's run to the Stanley Cup Final. As are 22-year-old wingers Artturi Lehkonen and Nikita Scherbak and 24-year-old winger Charles Hudon. I played with him for 10 years.
What Happened Last Year: The 33-year-old Bergeron battled groin issues early and a fractured foot late in the season, and missed 18 games with his assorted injuries throughout the regular season. But with days to go before the start of training camp, the Montreal Canadiens have finally put an end to the saga. "We have some good centers coming through the system, and with the departure of Max there's room on the wings too".
"Our captain is gone, but at the same time I think that change is good (and) I think the city needs a little spice", he said.