Agent for Pa­cioretty de­nies trade re­quest

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Max Pa­cioretty’s agent has de­nied a re­port say­ing his client has asked to be traded.

Agent Al­lan Walsh said Tues­day on his ver­i­fied ac­count on Twitter that the Cana­di­ens cap­tain has re­peat­edly ex­pressed his wish to stay in Mon­treal.

A re­port on Ra­dio-Canada said three re­li­able sources con­firmed that Pa­cioretty asked out of Mon­treal sev­eral times. It said he first re­quested a trade in 2013-14, two years be­fore he was named cap­tain.

“Max Pa­cioretty has stated re­peat­edly that he loves Mon­treal and wants to re­main in Mon­treal,’’ said Walsh. “To this date, he’s never re­ceived any of­fer from Mon­treal. You can have 3 sources or 10 sources, how many times does Max have to state that he wants to re­main in Mon­treal long term?’’

In an­other Tweet, Walsh said: “Ob­vi­ous th­ese ‘sources’ are com­ing from the club. Max will al­ways take the high road and re­peats again, he is ready to sign an ex­ten­sion with Mon­treal TO­DAY. It was Mon­treal that traded Max to LA at the draft and it was a DONE DEAL sub­ject to Max sign­ing an ex­ten­sion with LA.’’

There were re­ports in June that a deal to send Pa­cioretty to the Los An­ge­les Kings fell through when the two sides did not agree on a con­tract.

Pa­cioretty is en­ter­ing the fi­nal year of a team-friendly sixyear deal worth US$4.5 mil­lion per sea­son and can be­come an un­re­stricted free agent at the end of the 2018-19 cam­paign.

There have been no ne­go­ti­a­tions on a con­tract ex­ten­sion, which sug­gests the Cana­di­ens will try to trade him.

Pa­cioretty has scored 30 or more goals in five of the last six full NHL sea­sons, al­though he slumped to 17 last sea­son.


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