Saturday, June 16, 2018

Habs Lock Up Newcomer Domi



"Welcome to Montreal, Max Domi.  Here is your 2-year contract and now you can work towards that top six spot in the lineup."

On Saturday morning, less than 24 hours from being acquired, the 23-year old Domi signed a 2-year, $6.3 million deal, locking him into his new club and providing his new side some added flexibility on the salary cap end and all kinds of grit and ability on the ice.

If you missed the trade post from earlier this morning, Domi finished last season with 9 goals and 45 points in all 82 games for the Coyotes, good enough to be 127th among all forwards in scoring and well within the realm of being a key hockey pool contributor.  It wasn't his career-best, but it was certainly a good season and now he gets to apply his trade in a major market, under the microscope.

The Canadiens were not a very good team for us hockey poolies in the 2018 and the move to bring on Domi for Alex Galchenyuk, really took away some offensive flair from this side and still leaves them short down the middle of the ice.  The current projection of the team, especially the forwards, isn't a very big side, not that they necessarily have to be these days, but it just seems to lack size, both physically and in reputation.

Forwards Cap Defense Cap Goalies Cap
Jonathan Drouin 5.500 Shea Weber 7.857 Carey Price 10.500
Max Pacioretty 4.500 Jeff Petry 5.500 Antti Niemi 0.950
Andrew Shaw 3.900 Karl Alzner 4.625
Brendan Gallagher 3.750 David Schlemko 2.100
Max Domi 3.150 Jordie Benn 1.100
Paul Byron 1.167 Noah Juulsen 0.863
Nicolas Deslauriers 0.950 Victor Mete 0.748
Artturi Lehkonen 0.925 Mike Reilly 0.725
Nikita Scherbak 0.863
Jeremiah Addison 0.720
Byron Froese 0.650
Charles Hudon 0.650
Daniel Audette 0.643

With the addition of Domi to the projected lineup, I'm showing this current iteration of the team coming in at $62.3 million.  There's still plenty of room to make some more moves and it is expected that they will.  With a top three pick in this year's entry draft, they will also get to add a dynamic offensive forward, which could go a long ways to rounding out this side.
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