The New York Post's Larry Brooks reports the Flyers and Islanders are "taking serious runs" at acquiring Canadiens forward Max Pacioretty. Brooks reports Pacioretty's cap hit of $4.5 million through 2018-19 is attractive to teams but Montreal general manager Marc Bergevin is reluctant to trade within the Eastern Conference.
The 25-year-old forward leads Montreal with 15 goals this season and 19 total points in 29 games. He is coming off back-to-back productive seasons scoring 15 goals and dishing out 24 assists in 44 games last season and 33 goals to go along with 32 assists for 65 points in 79 games in 2011-12. The 6'2", 219 lbs. left winger was the 22nd overall pick in 2007 but is more famous for the ugly hit he took from Zdeno Chara in March 2011.
It is easy to see why the Flyers are interested in adding a player like Pacioretty but why would Montreal trade him? He is beginning to break out and he is signed long-term for a reasonable cap hit. Apparently he isn't a favorite of head coach Michel Therrien but... still.
All of that being said, I would love to see him in orange and black.
Follow Steve on Twitter @SDolan3
Follow Whiz Wit on Twitter @WhizWitSports