The Habs have signed Max Pacioretty for two years, at $1.5 million next season and $1.75 million the following year. Click here for a good piece from The Gazette’s Pat Hickey on the signing and what it means re the Canadiens’ cap.
Obviously it’s good news that we have Patch signed up, though clearly there was never any question that he was going to play anywhere else. My only fear is that fans and the media are going to put too pressure on this 22-year-old forward. There has been so much attention focused on Pacioretty ever since that nasty Zdeno Chara hit and it is indeed true that Pacioretty was just beginning to come into his own when he got levelled by Chara.
But let’s put things in perspective. He only played 37 games with the Habs last year, playing another 27 with the Bulldogs, and, in the big league, he had 14 goals and 10 assists. Those are decent numbers and there’s no question that Patch fits the profile of the big, fairly tough forward that we need.
But just give the kid time and don’t expect him to lead the team. That shouldn’t be his job. At least not now.