One of the most perpetually disappointing stories around the National Hockey League revolves around the lowly Arizona Coyotes. Year after year they fail to break the mediocrity barrier, and this year is no different.
They're on pace for one of the worst seasons in recent memory, despite finishing at the bottom of the standings every year and having high draft choices.
They recently traded a young talented forward in Anthony Duclair to the Chicago Blackhawks, and a new report from the New York Post indicates that the Coyotes have informed the 30 other teams in the league that another young forward is available.
And he will likely be in much higher demand.
A report from Larry Brooks of the New York Post says that "the Coyotes, we’ve learned, have made it known that Max Domi, with three goals this season and 12 in the two years following his 18-goal rookie season, is there for the taking."
Domi, drafted 12th overall in 2013, was one of the hottest prospects in his rookie year, scoring 18 goals and over 50 points (52) in his inaugural NHL campaign.
Despite only putting up 9 goals the following year, in the 59 games he played, he still managed 38 points, which put him the exactly same point pace as his rookie campaign (0.64 points per game).
His pace has slowed considerably this year, his 22 points in 52 games has him on a 0.42 points per game pace, pro rated to just over 34 points for the year.
Trading him on his first down year, at such a young age to boot, is not good managing, but general manager John Chayka has let it be known nonetheless that one of his star kids is on the market, for the right price. His value is at its lowest, and there will be several teams making a run for him.
The Montreal Canadiens, Toronto Maple Leafs, and Pittsburgh Penguins come to mind, but there will certainly be other teams competing for his services.
It will be interesting to see if this is a deadline or draft floor deal.
He can hustle, deke, skate, and shoot with the best of them.
TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS FORWARD HAS REQUESTED A TRADE
According to Sportsnet's Nick Kypreos, forward Josh Leivo has officially told Lou Lamoriello that he wants to be traded ahead of the February 26th. Of course, if Babcock were to decide that he deserves a regular spot in the lineup, he'd be happy to stay, but that's just not going to happen at this point.
The 24-year-old has only played in 12 games this season, collecting 3 points in the process. He's been a healthy scratch for the rest of it.
The right-handed shot plays on his off wing, and has the speed and skill to fit into a team's forward corps, but for inexplicable reasons, Babcock simply hasn't wanted to give him the opportunity.
When asked about the trade request, Babcock said he knew nothing about it.
“As far as Leivs goes, he hasn’t got a lot of opportunity to play, but I’d talk to Lou if I was you about that. I know nothing,” Babcock said, according to Sportsnet's Luke Fox.
But he went on to say that they like him, and that's why they re-signed him in November to a one-year extension. “He’s a player that we like,” Babcock said at the time of the contract signing. “So if you like a guy, why wouldn’t you [re-sign him]?”
It seems confusing and slightly unfair to him to keep him in the dog house for this long. It may be hard for Lamoriello to even trade him given the fact that he has hardly played, and can't be showcased at all.
We have about 3 weeks to see if this trade request materializes into an actual deal.