I think this trade helps the Habs down the road in two ways....
For oneSuzuki is a really good prospect. For two, NOT signing Paciorretti should make them worse now. If they're going to suck, they may as well really suck. Lafreniere should be the top pick in 2020, so they can have their francophone star if they play their cards right....though everyone and their mother can see how going the "french" route is working out for les Habs these days.
Good for Pacioretty. He's been a good soldier, he deserves better than the clown show in Montreal. Was actually still kind of quietly hoping the Flyers could deal for him. McPhee really did a number on his assets though. The equivalent of two first rounders, two second rounders, and a third rounder for Pacioretty (Remember what they overpaid to get Tatar for at the deadline) is terrible. At least he saw that Tatar was a bad move and cut his losses when he could. Time to edit my Atlantic Division
The sell off continues in Montreal.....yet Bergevin is STILL in charge and in prime position to sabotage ANY rebuild.
How long before Price wants out?
Vegas for the win on this deal, and I will see Montreal in 2020-21, 2022 or so, when they MIGHT be relevant once again