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Source: Penguins Surprised, Made Strong Offer for Max Domi

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Late Friday the Arizona Coyotes traded struggling forward Max Domi to the Montreal Canadiens for out-of-favor forward Alex Galchenyuk. However, sources with knowledge of the talks told Pittsburgh Hockey Now the Penguins organization thought it was they who were about to acquire Domi.

The source told PHN the Penguins offered the Coyotes a choice of wingers, believed to be Conor Sheary or Bryan Rust, with Dominik Simon. The Penguins were confident enough in the offer they were shocked by the Coyotes trade with Montreal.

Sheary finished a disappointing 2017-18 with 30 points and is a frequent name in trade rumors because of his contract. Sheary, 26, has two years remaining at a $3 million annual cap hit.

Rust, 26, has improved in each of his three NHL seasons. He played on all four Penguins lines last season and posted 38 points (13g, 25a). Rust’s great strengths are not offense instincts but top-level speed and tenacity.

Domi, 23, finished his third NHL season with just 45 points, including only nine goals. Domi’s stats have regressed since his rookie season–He scored 18 goals and 52 points. He also failed to reach a double-digit goal total last season, as well. Like Rust, Domi is also a restricted free agent and the Penguins have long been rumored to have a strong interest in him.

Domi possesses offensive creativity and an occasionally fearless style. He is the son of feared former NHL enforcer, Tie Domi. Max Domi was selected 12th overall by the Coyotes in 2013.

There were rumblings the Penguins could make the swap at the trade deadline, but the offseason was believed to be the better time. 

Galchenyuk signed a three-year $14.7 million contract before this season. He posted 51 points (19g, 32a). Galchenyuk never settled in the Montreal lineup. He is a natural center but was shuffled to the left wing and often on the lower lines because of perceived defensive shortcomings.

 

 

 

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Rich Filardi
Rich Filardi
3 years ago

1st swing and miss for this off-season – I would have taken MC offer over ours everyday-kinda of a scrap offer.

Ricardo58
Ricardo58
3 years ago
Reply to  Rich Filardi

Agreed Rich. Sort of gives insight as to how 43 is viewed from another team.

Ricardo58
Ricardo58
3 years ago

I’m glad it fell through. Rust is the type of support player the Pens or other teams can win with.
I know you must give to get. IMO Rust is a solid and skilled 3rd liner. Holding out hope 58 will be moved. Go Pens!

Rich Filardi
Rich Filardi
3 years ago
Reply to  Ricardo58

I agree, 58 would be a key/welcomed moved IMO-Vegas?

Jeff Houston
Jeff Houston
3 years ago

Love Domi and he would have become a fan fav day one here in PIT. But what MTL gave up was just crazy.

Kurt
Kurt
3 years ago
Reply to  Jeff Houston

I would love to see if the penguins could make a good enough trade offer to land DB from the Jets, the penguins need physicality to their lineup badly, and as we saw Winnipeg needs someone who can score big goals , wondering if Starting with Kessel would be enough to at least get the attention going? But man would I love to see him in a penguins jersey, as he is physical and can score some too, the penguins need to get a lot more physical player’s on the team because Crosby and Malkin are not getting any younger,… Read more »

Matt Kastner
Matt Kastner
3 years ago

Can’t say I don’t blame Phoenix for taking that deal. If I had the choice of Sheary, Rust, Simon, or Galchenyuk, I’d take Galchenyuk 10 out of 10 times.

Kurt
Kurt
3 years ago
Reply to  Matt Kastner

I would not give up Rusty for any one of those player’s mentioned, I’m glad that this trade did not happen, guys like Brian Rust are hard to come by, and he is only going to get better, I noticed each year he seems to add something different in his game, I agree with you on Letang or Shultz should be moved the penguins don’t need 2 star offensive d-men, they could get a good return on one of them, with Domi off the board what do you think their next Target will be?

Kurt
Kurt
3 years ago
Reply to  Matt Kastner

I would take Rusty over any of the players mentioned , Galchenyuk is a hit or a miss but you know what you get from Rust , if the penguins trade Rust they better be getting something better than Domi or Galchenyuk because I believe Rust is better than both of them he is a much more rounded player and is very good at both ends of the rink and also Rust is good in the playoffs, can you tell me how many points Domi and Galchenyuk combined have in the playoffs??? Then see how many Rusty has? I am… Read more »

Grant
Grant
3 years ago

Tie Domi is good friends w/ Mario – the only reason I see them trying to get Max. They need a D-man – they are too thin there.

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