The Arizona Coyotes traded forward Max Domi to the Montreal Canadiens in exchange for forward Alex Galchenyuk.
Domi will become a restricted free agent on July 1, but word around the campfire has the Canadiens working on signing him to a deal.
The 23-year-old had nine goals and 36 assists with Arizona this season. The Winnipeg native was drafted 12th overall in the 2013 NHL Entry Draft and has 135 points in 222 career NHL games. His best season was his debut in 2015-2016, when he posted 52 points in 81 games.
The Canadiens kicked the tires on Domi shortly before the trade deadline, but nothing came out of those conversations until now.
“Max is a talented player and a good person,” said Coyotes general manager John Chayka. “Montreal will provide him with a fresh start. We wish him all the best in the future.”
Galchenyuk joins the ‘Yotes with two years remaining on his current contract. He earns $4.9 million a year and will be an unrestricted free agent when his deal expires. He’s just 24, but he already has six years of NHL experience under his belt.
This season, Galchenyuk scored 19 goals and added 32 assists for the Habs. The Milwaukee native was drafted third overall in the 2013 NHL Entry Draft and has 255 points in 418 games.
“Alex is a skilled, productive forward who has scored 30 goals in this league,” said Chayka. “We’re excited to add another elite young player to our core group moving forward.”
Galchenyuk scored 30 goals in 2015-2016, his best season to date. He’s recorded at least 44 points in four consecutive seasons.