Alex Galchenyuk had an up and down career with the Montreal Canadiens, and he is now looking to start a new chapter with the Arizona Coyotes, where he landed this summer after being traded by the Habs in return for forward Max Domi. While Galchenyuk has made it clear to his new team that he wants to be used as a centre, an option he was never truly given a chance to do in Montreal, it seems that the 24-year-old is also looking to expand on another platform.
On Thursday, it was revealed that the new Coyotes member has chosen to partner with a company named Cameo, who offers online services to record personalized messages for fans who are willing to pay for it. Basically, you go to the company's website, select Galchenyuk as an athlete of your choice and then answer various questions in order for the forward to write you the best personalized message possible. Then, you leave your name and phone number and your credit card number.
Yes, here is the shady part... The price to receive or offer such a video message as a gift? US$117. Here is a picture offered online by the Montreal blog Dans Les Coulisses.
Let's hope Galchenyuk is more focused on being used down the middle in Arizona, then on this weird online venture. After all, he is getting a great second chance in the National Hockey League. The Canadiens have been missing a number one centre and the Canadiens weren’t willing to play Galchenyuk in that spot. Now, the young forward has expressed excitement about playing centre in Arizona and the team seems fully willing to give him a real shot at the position.
And he is not the only one looking forward to this: head coach Rick Tocchet only had great things to say about his new player during an interview with Dave Vest, a Coyotes writer for NHL.com.
"I've communicated with Alex and he said he'd like to play center… I have no problem with a player who'd like to try something if he backs it up. So, I want to give him a chance at center if he wants to play it, and our coaching staff will try to give him the best possible help to play that center position. We'll see how that goes.” – Rick Tocchet
“That’s where my head is and what my goal is… I’m training really hard and preparing myself for it. I can’t wait to get it started.” – Alex Galchenyuk
Let's hope the young striker does not get distract by this weird online business...