For years, Max Pacioretty's contract with the Montreal Canadiens was one of the best bargain deals in the NHL.

That really hasn't changed much over the last few seasons, but with the Habs trying to reshape their roster with the hope of returning to the playoffs, Pacioretty's name has been one of the most prominent names discussed in trade talks over the last several months. 

The Canadiens' captain is entering the final year of the six-year $27,000,000 contract ($4.5m AAV) he signed back in August of 2012.

Discussions between the Habs and Pacioretty on a potential extension with the club were discussed when Pacioretty was represented by agent Pat Brisson. The preliminary talks never went ever, with the conclusion resulting in Pacioretty hiring Allan Walsh as his new agent.

According to Marc-Antoine Godin of The Athletic, Bergevin has informed the 29-year-old that contract talks are over and the plan is to trade him "as soon as possible."

In the piece, Walsh expressed that Pacioretty's desire is to win with the Habs and remain with the club.

"I'll reiterate what Max has said a number of times, that he loves Montreal, he holds Montreal dear to his heart and he hopes to stay," Pacioretty's agent told Godin.

For any team looking to upgrade their production from the wing, Pacioretty might be one of the best options available, as he's notched .361 goals per game over his career, putting him in a tie with Eric Staal, Phil Kessel. Perhaps a fresh start with a contending team with the right centre could allow Pacioretty to find his game once again.

Last season with the Habs, the Connecticut product scored failed to reach the 20 or 30-goal mark for the first time in five years, as he managed only 17 goals, and 37 points in 64 games played.

(h/t Marc-Antoine Godin of The Athletic)