In case you missed it, last night the Montreal Canadiens traded forward Alex Galchenyuk to the Arizona Coyotes in exchange for forward Max Domi. One for one trade, no picks or prospects included.
TRADE ALERT: Coyotes acquire Galchenyuk from Montreal for Domi. More details to come.
There had been trade rumors swirling around both players for months, but somehow fans and analysts had not drawn the lines between the two teams on a trade. It’s similar to last year’s blockbuster deal between the Habs and Tampa Bay Lightning which netted Montreal forward Jonathan Drouin for defenseman Mikhail Sergachev. In fact, the Galchenyuk / Domi trade comes exactly one year to the day of the Drouin / Sergachev trade.
The 24 year old Galchenyuk was selected 3rd overall by the Canadiens in the 2012 NHL Entry Draft and has shown flashes of brilliance in his early career, but he’s also earned a reputation as a player who doesn’t bring a complete effort on a consistent enough basis. Still, despite being buried in 3rd and 4th line positions on the wing, Galchenyuk managed 19 goals and 51 points in 82 games last season. His career high is 30 goals and 56 points from just two seasons ago in 2015-16.
As for Domi, the 23 year old winger selected 12th overall by the Coyotes in the 2013 NHL Entry Draft struggled in 2017-18. Domi scored just nine goals (with four of them being empty net goals) and 45 points in 82 games. His career high came in his rookie season of 2015-16 when he put up 18 goals and 52 points in 81 games.
Fun fact: Of Max Domi’s nine goals last season, four were empty-netters.
Needless to say, Habs fans aren’t exactly happy with this deal. There’s no doubt that Domi is a valuable player, but it remains to be seen who gets the better end of this trade.
GM Chayka: “Alex is a skilled, productive forward who has scored 30 goals in this league. We’re excited to add another elite young player to our core group moving forward.”
It's also worth noting that Domi is a pending restricted free-agent while Galchenyuk has two years left on a deal that pays him $4.9 million annually. With this move Canadiens general manager Marc Bergevin just saved himself some significant cap space for... taking a run at John Tavares? Time will tell.