Montreal Canadiens trade Max Pacioretty to New York Rangers

Montreal Canadiens general manager Marc Bergevin announced Wednesday the trade of Max Pacieres to the New York Islanders.

Per the team’s release, the deal brings Pacioress to the Habs, where he will serve as an insurance policy in case the 27-year-old doesn’t return to Montreal for the 2017-18 season.

Paciorenss, who was originally signed by the Canadiens as an unrestricted free agent in 2015, was averaging 13.3 points per game for the Islanders this season.

The Montreal native was a finalist for the Stanley Cup in 2015-16.

His departure brings the Canadiens to 26 wins in 30 games.

He has seven goals and nine assists in 21 career NHL games.

Pacieress, whose contract runs through 2019-20, had one goal and two assists in seven games for the New Jersey Devils last season.