September 4, 2020

Rangers rumors have Max Domi as a potential trade target

Max Domi on Broadway? (Getty Images)

Things turn quickly in a city like Montreal. Just a season removed from scoring 72 points for the Canadiens and looking like a future star, Max Domi found himself on the 4th line by the time this season ended. This has the 25 year-old center/left wing rumored to be trade bait.

Max Domi on the outs in Montreal

The son of former Rangers tough guy, Tie Domi struggled this year with just 44 points in 71 contests. That’s no reason for the Canadiens to trade a young player with lots of offensive talent. However, things don’t appear to be going well between the two sides.

It all culminated when Habs GM, Marc Bergevin was asked about Domi after they were eliminated by the Flyers. “He’s better suited to answer regarding his performance,” Bergevin said. “Max has a lot of potential. I can’t speak for his future.”

That’s a pretty heavy statement coming from the man that runs the team. Things were further complicated when Domi fired his agent, Pat Brisson who is friends with Bergevin. The last time that happened in Montreal, it was Max Pacioretty who fired Brisson after Bergevin attempted to trade him to the Kings. This all seems to point to Domi on the way out.

A future second line center on Broadway

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Max Domi rumors heating up (Photo by Francois Lacasse/NHLI via Getty Images)

The Canadiens are said to be willing to trade Max Domi’s rights at the draft. He is an arbitration eligible RFA coming off a deal with an AAV of $3.1 million. His next contract could be a manageable two-year bridge deal for around $5.5 million making him a UFA at 27.

Montreal is looking for some size and skill on the wings. The New York Rangers have plenty of wings on the team and in the pipeline to work a deal out. They also have a lot of draft capital to play with and could use that 2nd first round pick to sweeten the pot.

Jeff Gorton could use that surplus and move a player like Pavel Buchnevich for Domi. He could also try going with Filip Chytil and Julien Gauthier, who is French Canadien. It might comes as a shock, but Vitali Kravtsov may not be as untouchable as some people think.

The bottom line is that the Rangers can mix and match several options to acquire Domi. There will be competition as the rumor mill has the Penguins and Blue Jackets also very interested.

Note: I have made some calls to find out more about Max Domi’s situation. Working to confirm which teams have reached out to Montreal about what it would take to get Max. Rumor mill has the Rangers as one of those teams.

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