Max is 25. The new prospect would take years to get into the NHL and Price and Subban are in their prime now. Doesn't make a whole lot of sense to do this now. And if you're going to rebuild, you deal vets not 25 year old players.
The thing with Pacioretty isn't really just his skill level. It's his skill level in respect to his contract. As such, he's one of the players with the highest overall value to a team in the league.
You don't trade that for a pick, ever. A pick that might even end up worse than Pacioretty after all. Would not the first time in history a high draft pick would fail to meet expectations.
I mean, maybe if we just had a cup window that had closed. Maaaaybe. Instead, we're becoming a team that can maintain itself in the top 10 regularily. You don't trade your best goalscorer in that situation.
Lose a top 3 winger for a #4 dman, I think you should realize your proposal is nuts.
Right cause Ekblad will never be more than a #4D. Ekblad battles is a warrior on the ice plays with passion and has the tools to become the best Dman in the world.
I'll take the side less travelled Guy is right you don't win with guys that don't give it their all leading you. Max is suppose to be our best forward but is virtually invisible most of the time. He's easily the most overrated Hab on this team. If someone offers you something worth while for him this summer you jump on it.
If the Habs traded their most productive forward for the first pick - I'd be thinking it would be to replace that forward with another forward. The Habs would be looking at Bennett I would think...not Ekblad. The club has a number one dman and goalie...what they don't have is the number one center. Can Chucky be a number one center? Perhaps, but it's not etched in stone. He's look pretty damn fine on a line with Bennett and Gallagher in a couple of years.
The biggest draft need in this organization is a top-two center, and more specifically, a number one center. Bennett is the player who best projects to be a difference maker down the middle.
Anyway - I don't ever see this happening. You'd have to include a pick in the deal..likely the first rounder..for Florida to even entertain it.