Attitude… Not just wanting to win, but hating to lose. Those were some of the words used by Montreal Canadiens’ GM Marc Bergevin in his post-season press conference. After making changes to the coaching staff, management team and the scouting department, Bergevin is in full strides with his plan, the one he sold team President Geoff Molson in order to keep his job in Montreal. His first somewhat major player movement: Alex Galchenyuk gone, in comes Max Domi.
One word to describe Domi: Dynamite. Much like his father Tie Domi, Max is all about effort and hard work. There’s just no shift off with this guy. Intense. Physical. In your face. Standing at 5’10” (might be a bit of a stretch) and 195 lbs, he’s a bit bigger Brendan Gallagher. Remember how solid physically Francis Bouillon was, nicknamed ‘Frank the Tank‘? Domi is a brick wall. What he didn’t get from his father is the fighting ability, although he’s very much willing to drop the mitts if or when it’s needed, but not against heavyweights like his father did. He makes up for it by being much more gifted offensively and skills-wise than his father… and with speed to burn!
Two-year contract ($3.15 million AAV) for Max Domi.
— Canadiens Montréal (@CanadiensMTL) June 16, 2018
Domi is coming out of not one, but two disappointing seasons after a very promising first year. There were rumours that he wanted out for some time. It just wasn’t working out for him with the Coyotes, a team that’s been at the bottom of the standings year in, year out, a team rumoured to be in financial distress for some time. Domi is a competitor. He wants to win. He’s no franchise player, but neither was Alex Galchenyuk, whom he was traded for. But unlike Galchenyuk, he has no off-ice issues. He does take his career seriously and brings with him a lunchbox attitude. There’s that word again.
You know what Habs’ fans? Don’t make the same mistake some of you did with Shea Weber and dislike Domi because he was traded for a player that you liked. You owe it to him and to yourself to preach the ‘wait and see’ approach. Something tells me that he will be a fan favourite in no time in Montreal. Go Habs Go!