In case you somehow missed the news from Friday night, the Montreal Canadiens traded forward Alex Galchenyuk to the Arizona Coyotes in exchange for forward Max Domi. The deal was made as a one for one trade, with no picks or prospects included in the trade.
TRADE ALERT: Coyotes acquire Galchenyuk from Montreal for Domi. More details to come.
Habs general manager Marc Bergevin then promptly signed Domi, a pending restricted free agent, to a two year contract with an annual average cap hit of $3.15 million.
In the day and a half since the trade was consummated, Habs fans have been wracking their collective consciousness to come up with reasons why the team would give up Galchenyuk so easily. Granted, Domi is a valuable player, so it’s not like Bergevin gave up on Galchenyuk for nothing. But still… Galchenyuk is a 24 year old former 30 goal scorer. His value must be higher than Domi, a player who scored just nine goals last season with four of them being empty net goals.
Regardless, Domi is in and Galchenyuk is out in Montreal. Yesterday morning Bergevin held a press conference with the Montreal media to discuss the transaction and look forward to next weekend’s 2018 NHL Entry Draft where he made some surprisingly underhanded comments regarding Galchenyuk.
Check it out, courtesy of TSN’s John Lu:
Habs Bergevin on Galchenyuk not planning out as a C: “Centre is one of the hardest positions to play and a lot of guys don’t want to do the work or don’t understand the work or it’s just too hard for them. So it’s not a knock; it’s just the reality of our business. “
Wow… some strong words in that statement. What ever happened to, “We wish Alex all the best” and leaving it at that? There’s no need to throw a former player under the bus by calling him out on his work ethic. This is an ugly look for the Habs franchise and it could come back to hurt the team in the end, particularly because players already fear the hornet’s nest that is the Montreal market.