Pacioretty is coming off a career-best season in terms of points: he had 65 in 79 games, a high-water mark in an otherwise not-so-great season for the bleu, blanc et rouge. Those 65 points led the Canadiens in scoring and he was one of only two Canadiens to score more than 20 goals–Erik Cole was the other.
When the Canadiens failed to make the 2012 Stanley Cup playoffs, that left Pacioretty open to represent the United States of America at the 2012 World Championship, where he had two goals and 10 assists in eight games for Team USA. Those 12 points put him among the top scorers in the championship alongside fellow NHLers Henrik Zetterberg, Loui Eriksson and Evgeni Malkin.
In 2010-11, Pacioretty was the recipient of the Bill Masterton Trophy for perseverance after he missed quite a lot of play time due to a fractured vertebrae. (He played just 37 games that season.) His recovery and resurgence has been a happy surprise considering that, at the time when he was injured, some speculated that he might never play–or walk–again.
Pacioretty was just finishing off a two-year contract from 2011, but this new deal will keep him in Montreal until he is almost 30 years old. He was drafted by the Canadiens in 2007 and has never played anywhere else, save for Montreal’s AHL affiliate in Hamilton.
This is also one of the first big moves from the Canadiens’ new general manager, Marc Bergevin.