NHL Headlines – June 17 and 18, 2018
Canadiens re-sign Domi plus latest on Alex Galchenyuk and Kari Lehtonen in your NHL headlines
NHL.COM: Hours after acquiring left wing Max Domi from the Arizona Coyotes, the Montreal Canadiens re-signed him to a two-year contract worth an annual average value of $3.15 million.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: It’s a reasonable two-year bridge deal for the 23-year-old Domi, who’s completing his entry-level contract. Having dealt away Alex Galchenyuk’s $4.9-million annual salary-cap hit, Cap Friendly indicates the Canadiens now have over $60.8 million invested in 21 players.
If the salary cap reaches $80 million as projected, they’ll have roughly $19 million in cap room to work with this summer. That’s assuming, of course, no other notable salaried players (Max Pacioretty?) get dealt.
ARIZONA SPORTS:Alex Galchenyuk is looking forward to a fresh start with the Coyotes, where he could be playing center next season. Galchenyuk said he’d asked Canadiens coach Claude Julien late in this season if he could return to center but nothing came of it.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: It was certainly puzzling that the Caandiens didn’t move Galchenyuk back to center when the season was a lost cause. After all, if he wasn’t as good at that position as they believed, there wasn’t any harm in letting him move into that spot for a few games.
For whatever reason, they didn’t. Critics of Montreal general manager Marc Bergevin believe this was yet another example of the club misusing a valuable asset. If Galchenyuk goes on to star with the Coyotes as a center and Domi struggles next season, it’ll cost Bergevin his job.
DALLAS MORNING NEWS: Stars goaltender Kari Lehtonen is putting his $4.25-million home up for sale.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Lehtonen and his wife hope to remain in the Dallas area. If he intends on continuing his NHL career, he’ll have to do so playing for another club, as he’s an unrestricted free agent and not expected to be re-signed.