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. But a report from french language reporter Francois Gagnon of RDS is shedding new light on the swap.
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According to Francois Gagnon, Galchenyuk’s father verbally berated him after every game (apparently journalists were witnesses to this), and Alex was constantly on his phone between periods reading the “feedback” from his dad.
Yikes. If this is indeed true, it’s clear to see why Marc Bergevin and the Habs decided to finally part ways with Galchenyuk. Still… you have to imagine that they could have gotten a better return for the 24 year old former 30 goal scorer, regardless of whether or not he has a toxic relationship with his father. I mean… Max Domi is the son of Tie Domi, one of the most hated opponents in Canadiens history. The Domi name became famous in hockey because of Tie’s time with the Canadiens’ biggest rival, the Toronto Maple Leafs.
Fans may recall that Galchenyuk was in the middle of another controversy earlier this season when former Habs coach Mario Tremblay alleged that Galchenyuk twice received treatment from the NHL’s drug and alcohol rehab program.
Galchenyuk denied the allegations saying, “I do not know what you’re talking about.” Still, the allegations tainted Galchenyuk's reputation in the rumor-obsessed market of Montreal to the point where his eventual trade turned into more or less a matter of time. With last night's deal, hopefully both Galchenyuk and the Canadiens organization came move on from whatever has transpired between the two parties.