On the Montreal Canadiens and Max Pacioretty …
Marc Antoine Godin of The Athletic: A source has said that Montreal Canadiens general manager Marc Bergevin has told Max Pacioretty that they won’t be offering him a contract extension and they will be looking to trade him as soon as possible.
Last month TSN reported that there had been preliminary talks between the two sides but they didn’t progress that far.
Pacioretty’s agent Allan Walsh wouldn’t say much.
“I’ll reiterate what Max has said a number of times, that he loves Montreal, he holds Montreal dear to his heart and he hopes to stay,” Walsh said.
On the Toronto Maple Leafs and Auston Matthews …
Maple Leafs Hot Stove: Bobby Orr, whose agency is handling Auston Matthews contract situation was on TSN. Orr on the progress of a contract extension.
“You’re not going to read much about it. Our guys will be trying to get it done and hopefully we will. But you’re not going to be reading something about it every day. You can guess all you want. When it happens, it will be announced. We’re not having a big thing about it. The job is to get the job done, make the Leafs happy, make Auston happy, and let’s go. That is what it is about.”
Orr when asked if waiting a year to get a contract extension done means more money.
“I don’t think it’s about the money. The kid is going to be a heck of a player. It’s like John Tavares in free agency. It’s nothing about money. It’s where he wanted to play. He wants to play in Toronto. If it doesn’t happen this year before the season starts, he still has a year left and he’ll fulfil his contract and we’ll see what happens after that. Hopefully, they will get it done. He likes Toronto and he wants to stay in Toronto. I’m sure they’ll get it done.”