NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – June 16, 2018

by | Jun 16, 2018 | News, NHL | 14 comments

Canadiens trade Galchenyuk to Coyotes for Domi, plus the latest on Mike Hoffman, the Sabres’ buyout plans and more in your NHL morning coffee headlines.

MONTREAL GAZETTE: The Montreal Canadiens last night traded forward Alex Galchenyuk to the Arizona Coyotes in exchange for forward Max Domi.

The Montreal Canadiens trade forward Alex Galchenyuk to the Arizona Coyotes for forward Max Domi (Photo via NHL Images)

SPECTOR’S NOTE: After two years as a permanent fixture in the trade rumor mill, Galchenyuk is finally traded. Most observers believe the Canadiens blew it, trading a former 30-goal scorer for a winger who’s managed just 36 goals in his three NHL seasons.

This opinion also seems largely colored by previous notable moves by Canadiens GM Marc Bergevin. Two years ago, he traded away the popular P.K. Subban for Shea Weber and last year shipped Mikhail Sergachev to Tampa Bay for Jonathan Drouin. The consensus is Bergervin got hosed on those deals (though Weber, when healthy, played very well for the Habs while the Drouin deal could still work out for them) so this one’s also a loser for the Canadiens.

Perhaps this one will blow up in Bergevin’s face and hasten his own departure, but I’m with Sportsnet’s Eric Engels that it’s too soon to assess this deal one way or the other. This is a swap of two players who needed a change and it could work out well for both sides.

Galchenyuk could flourish away from the Montreal hothouse, struggling at times with consistency and seeming to chafe under the demands of coaches pushing him to improve his defensive game. Domi’s critics, meanwhile, point to the decline in his production since his 52-point rookie campaign. However, they neglect to mention he missed 23 games in 2016-17 and improved over the second half of last season after he and his Coyotes’ teammates struggled through a lousy opening half.  

This move also sheds Galchenyuk’s $4.9 million cap hit from the Canadiens payroll, which could work to their advantage if they re-sign Domi (a restricted free agent) to a reasonable contract that leaves some cap room for additional moves.

My biggest complaint is this deal did nothing to address the Canadiens’ lack of depth at center. Perhaps it sets the stage for a trade of left wing Max Pacioretty for a scoring center. Time will tell. 

OTTAWA CITIZEN: Senators winger Mike Hoffman and his fiancee Monika Caryk are denying allegations of cyberbullying by Caryk of Melinka Karlsson, wife of Senators captain Erik Karlsson. They’ve hired a lawyer tor reach out to the Karlssons’ representatives to conduct a third-party investigation, insisting they want to help find the person responsible. No charges have been filed against Caryk and the allegations have yet to be proven. Hoffman said he also recently reached out to Karlsson but has yet to receive a response. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Regardless of the outcome of this situation it’s unlikely Hoffman will be returning with the Senators next season. This story has stoked anticipation that he’ll be traded very soon, perhaps before the upcoming NHL Draft next weekend in Dallas. 

NHL.COM: The Senators yesterday announced assistant general manager Randy Lee has been suspended. Lee is awaiting trial in Buffalo on July 6 facing a charge of second-degree harassment of a hotel shuttle driver. 

WGR 550: Buffalo Sabres GM Jason Botterill said his club is unlikely to buy out any contracts this summer. 

BOSTON HERALD: The Bruins yesterday re-signed defenseman Matt Grzelcyk to a two-year contract with an annual salary-cap hit of $1.4 million. 

TSN: The Chicago Blackhawks yesterday re-signed forwards Vinnie Hinostroza and John Hayden to two-year contracts. Cap Friendly reports Hinostroza’s will earn $1.5 million per season while Hayden will earn $750K annually



  1. As a Montreal fan, I don’t have a problem with this deal at all. Domi is much better than his stats have shown. In his rookie year, he was he talk of the league with 52 points. He is only 23. His overall game is better than Chucky’s. Montreal fans and pundits alike are criticizing Bergevin based on his past trades and not viewing this trade in isolation. Domi never had a supporting case to play with. Galchenyuk had better support. Galchenyuk makes more $ and will be a UFA in 2 years and I can surely guarantee would not stay in Montreal based on his rocky relationship with management/coaches throughout his career. I think Domi will be a fan favourite and will thrive in Montreal. This trade will work out for both. Ryan O’Reilly is next on MB’s list. If that comes to fruition..Who goes back in return will be interesting.

    • I have a question for you. How does trading away a productive center deepen Montreal’s lack of center depth?

      • Paul, Galchenyuk was a productive winger. He struggled at center.

      • Chuky scored 30 goals at centre. In what world is that struggling? Domi is inferior by every metric except what? primary assits per 60 and intangibles? It’s a terrible trade. We don’t have to wait and see.

    • Marc Bergevin loves to make bad hockey decisions. I am not surprised he made another bad trade.

      If the Canadiens want Ryan O’Reilly, the Sabres would receive a shopping card full of players, prospects, and draft picks. The result would be another bad trade produced by Bergevin.

      • I prefer this trade for Montreal. Galchenyuk is a UFA in 2 years, Domi 4. Mon bridged Domi for 2 years & he will still be 2 years from UFA status when that deal expires if he continues to develop Mon can decide what their long-term contract plans are for him then.

        Having only played 222 NHL regular season games Domi hasn’t yet shown us what he will truly be at the NHL level. Gelchenyuk has played 418, he is essentially fully developed what you see is what you get, both are young but Domi has far more growth potential than Galchenyuk at the NHL level.

        Can Galchenyuk be better than he has shown to date? Sure a move to a new team with more minutes & quality ice time if received could mean more production but he was already seeing 1st line PP time.

        This trade surprised me. Not sure what Chyka is doing but I like this trade better for Mon. Domi has played LW most of his career but was forced to play about 25 games at C in Arz last season.

    • it seems one sided, but really its too soon to tell.domi does have some grit to his game. with a younger habs lineup, he will have his teammates back.as for galch. I had a non vantage point of south florida, where the habs were shut out in both games. 2 games of virtual non effort. and galch was invisible.i like him and he seems to want to up his game. maybe he finds it in the desert.

  2. …and based on internet chatter you would have thought that chucky was a perennial 30 goal scorer. He’s had reported off ice issues and has been plagued by nagging knee issues. If you recall he also had knee problems in his draft year as well as with his tenure in Montreal. If Domi takes the next level in his offensive game, with his grit will be a fan favourite for sure!

  3. I believe both players will benefit from the change in scenery.

    That said I believe MB lost in the trade …. should have got something extra back … and still not addressing the C shortage

    Time will tell … and I hope I’m wrong … but I believe MB lost this one

  4. Buffalo Sabres General Manager Jason Botterill does not see any buyouts? If so, Matt Moulson and Zach Bogosian could be traded, have their contracts buried, or be in the plans of the 2018-2019 season.

    What extent could keeping Moulson and Kyle Okposo around persuade John Tavares to sign with the Sabres?

    • None as Tavares isn’t signing with the Sabres. If not resigned in NYI & having the right to go anywhere he wants what could possibly motivate him to join Buf.

    • I didn’t understand Harrington’s math of Moulson’s buyout nor is Bogosian a buyout candidate if healthy & able to play. He’s a solid 2nd pairing shut down Dman, unfortunately, he just can’t stay healthy.

  5. I am a coyotes fan and Am
    Upset they traded Max that guy give 100% every single night he plays on the edge, stands up for his teammates , I was hoping they kept him around

    • I agree.
      “Hard work beats talent when talent doesn’t work hard”.
      Or something like that.
      I’d have kept Domi as well.