By Carter Brooks
Photo by Gary Vasquez
Fans of the National Hockey League received somewhat of a wake-up call late Friday evening, as news broke that the Montreal Canadiens and the Arizona Coyotes had completed a one-for-one deal stemming around former top draft picks Max Domi and Alex Galchenyuk.
In a deal that shocked the collective hockey world, Montreal's General Manager Marc Bergevin sent disgruntled centreman Alex Galchenyuk to G.M. John Chayka and the Arizona Coyotes for the once promising Max Domi.
Both players have had their share of negative attention over the past few NHL seasons. Although being just one year younger than his fellow tradee, Domi has played only three seasons in the show, as compared to Galchenyuk's six. Both players have battled injuriy and inconsistent play in recent times.
The fresh start given to both members in the Friday night deal should be welcomed with open arms. After going 12th overall in the 2013 NHL Entry Draft, Domi has collected 36 goals and 135 points in 222 career games - all with Arizona. Galchenyuk, a 418 game veteran - has put up 108 goals and 255 points in his big league career. He was selected third overall in 2012.
Domi - originally from Winnipeg - has just completed his three-year entry-level NHL contract and on Saturday morning it was announced that the 23-year-old had signed a two-year bridge deal with Montreal worth $6.3 million. He will make $3.15 million annually. Galchenyuk has two years remaining on his three-year, $14.7 million deal that he signed this past offseason.
Both Montreal and Arizona struggled this past season, finishing 28th and 29th overall, respectively, and each team will draft inside the top five picks in this coming NHL Entry Draft from Texas later this month.