Report: Flyers, Isles trying to land Pacioretty

Report: Flyers, Isles trying to land Pacioretty

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December 22, 2013, 2:00 pm
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Max Pacioretty leads the Canadiens with 15 goals this season. (AP)

Are the Flyers getting ready to make a deal?

According to Larry Brooks of the New York Post (via ProHockeyTalk), the Flyers and New York Islanders are "taking serious runs" at acquiring Montreal Canadiens forward Max Pacioretty.

Pacioretty, 25, leads the Canadiens in goals this season with 15 and has 19 points in 29 games. He has a cap-friendly deal that sees him earn $4.5 million per season through 2018-19.

Brooks also mentioned that it would be unlikely for Canadiens GM Marc Bergevin to deal Pacioretty to an Eastern Conference club -- if he's willing to trade him at all after the roster freeze melts Friday.

It makes sense that teams would inquire about Pacioretty. His age, contract and offensive ability are all desirable traits, but it wouldn't make much sense for Montreal to deal him.

The report didn't mention any players who could potentially be offered for Pacioretty.