Galchenyuk was arguably the biggest trade chip Marc Bergevin possessed in his arsenal, and all he got in return was a player who scored nine goals — four of them into an empty net — last year. With no additional picks, prospects or any other assets, the Canadiens traded away their biggest piece of leverage for a single roster player who has 18 goals in the last two seasons combined, and that quite frankly is just not good enough.
Alex Galchenyuk was devastating on the power play for the Canadiens in recent seasons, especially last year. He was second on the Habs in power-play time and generated 24 total points, including nine goals on the man advantage. Domi, while playing the fourth-most minutes for the Coyotes, had one goal and eight assists, meaning the Canadiens are now in need of someone to replace their biggest power-play weapon not named Shea Weber, and as it stands it doesn’t seem like Domi is that guy.
o the Canadiens shipped out a drafted centre that they played at wing (despite a 30-goal season as a centre) for a less-productive winger, who barely plays centre, potentially with the hope he can fix an issue that could have been solved in house.
Domi does have one advantage in that he is a younger player due for a new contract, and a change of scenery could reinvigorate his play back to level of his rookie season.
Domi fits the mould of a player that Bergevin has coveted in recent trades: reclamation projects that can be bought low. It also fits Bergevin’s modus operandi of selling low on players that should be worth far more overall.
The team drove down Galchenyuk’s value by not allowing him to play a position he clearly thrived in, and with the injuries this past season he wasn’t afforded another shot at that spot, which is baffling.
Un bel riassunto dei miei dubbi sulla trade, per chi mastica l'inglese.