GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) Max Domi had been the cornerstone of the Arizona Coyotes desert reconstruction project. He was young, fighter, skillful and had a great hockey pedigree.
Now the Coyotes have a new cornerstone that also fills a need in the center after swapping Domi with Montreal Canadians for Alex Galchenyuk on Friday night. 19659002] "Sometimes, in this league, you have to give to get," Coyotes general manager John Chayka said in a conference call. "Max is a very talented young player in his own right, but I hope this works where appropriate for both parties."
Domi, 23, was attacked to be part of a new youth foundation for the Coyotes who were fighting when they selected him with the twelfth general election in 2013. Son of the former player of NHL Tie Domi, Max scored 18 goals and had 34 badists as a rookie in 2015-16, but his goal production has dropped the last two seasons. He had nine goals and 29 badists in a season plagued by injuries 2016-17, and nine goals with 36 badists last season.
Galchenyuk, 24, has been a consistent scorer since Montreal picked him third overall in 2012. He has eclipsed 20 goals twice, including a career-best 30 in 2015-16. Galchenyuk had 19 goals and 32 badists last season.
"It gives us options, it gives us some depth, versatility," Chayka said. "They get a guy who has been very productive and has played in those premium positions, so that was an added advantage with this deal."
Galchenyuk signed a $ 14.7 million contract for three years in July 2017 that entails a salary cap hit of $ 4.9 million per season. Domi is leaving her entry-level contract and will have to sign a new contract.
Galchenyuk was born in Milwaukee when his father, Alexander Galchenyuk, played for the minor league team of the city of Wisconsin. The family returned to Europe when Alex was 4 years old.