In case you missed it last 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.
Fan reaction to the trade and the subsequent contract has been lukewarm at best with most Habs fans upset at giving up on Galchenyuk’s skill and potential. In short: the Habs overpaid for Domi.
Interestingly enough, a second offer for Domi has been leaked to the public courtesy of Pittsburgh Penguins insider Dan Kingerski of Pittsburgh Hockey Now. Kingerski reported late last night that the Penguins were “surprised” when Domi was shipped to the Habs, as they thought they themselves had a deal in place to land the 23 year old winger.
The proposed deal?
“Pens are believed to have offered the Coyotes—Conor Sheary or Bryan Rust, with Dominic Simon. “
Wooooooow! John Chayka and the Coyotes must be quite high on Galchenyuk in order to turn down the Penguins’ two-for-one offer of Sheary/Rust with Simon. Truth be told however, both Rust and Sheary disappointed this past season.
After scoring 15 goals in just 57 games in 2016-17, Rust dropped to 13 goals in 69 games in 2017-18. As for Sheary, his production fell off a cliff. The 26 year old sniper scored 23 goals and 53 points in 61 games during the 2016-17 season, but managed just 18 goals and 30 points in 79 games during the 2017-18 season. Ouch.
The thing is… Domi himself had an poor season in 2017-18, scoring just nine goals and 45 points. Which makes Montreal’s swap even more perplexing. Galchenyuk scored 19 goals and 51 points playing mostly as a 3rd line winger this past season. His 30 goals and 56 points from the 2015-16 season are probably a better indication of what he can produce moving forward. So, while the Coyotes had a strong offer from the Penguins, it simply couldn’t match Marc Bergevin’s egregious overpayment.