Stats: 47GP 15G 14A 29PTS
Cost of Acquisition: Very High
If the Canadiens decide to move their captain at the deadline, instead of next offseason, he will undoubtedly be the biggest name available. I wasn’t even sure that he was worth putting in a write-up entitled “Penguins Trade Targets”, because I’m not sure the Penguins have enough talented prospects to put together a package for Pacioretty. Regardless, Elliotte Friedman mentioned that he wouldn’t be surprised if the Penguins inquire about him if he becomes available, so I couldn’t leave him out.
Do I think it’s realistic? Probably not.
Are NHL GMs predictable? Absolutely not.