Max Domi Will Be a Fan Favourite

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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!

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!

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Galchenyuk Trade: The Tip of the Iceberg

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A mini-bomb anywhere in the NHL becomes a nuclear bomb in Montreal, particularly when you have some loud and disgruntled members of the media and fans who are just looking at any move to find the negative instead of trying to look at both sides of the medal. Haters? Meh. I have a problem with the cataloguing that way, just like if someone is more positive shouldn’t be tagged as ‘a lover’. The reality? There ARE two sides to a story and contrary to popular belief, putting our heads in the sand does not make things disappear.

The Canadiens announced that they had traded controversial Alex Galchenyuk to the Arizona Coyotes for Max Domi, son of former Toronto Maple Leafs’ enforcer Tie Domi. From a few reactions I’ve been reading on Twitter, few seem to like the trade. Some don’t like the fact that the organisation gave up on Galchenyuk, some think that the team should have received more in return, a few just hate whatever GM Marc Bergevin does, regardless of what it might be. Others, like yours truly, prefer trying to dig a bit more before making a judgment.

The reality is also this: Galchenyuk oozes talent. He doesn’t always show it, going stretches where he’s a non-factor. Two coaches with a combined total of just under 1,000 wins in the NHL have deemed him unfit for the centre position and in spite of that, some people think that they know better than successful professionals.

Tip of the Iceberg?

And what if, like it was the case with beloved P.K. Subban, there was more to this trade that what meets the eye? In Subban’s case, it wasn’t for the same reasons as Galchenyuk, let’s be honest here. But the correlation here is what if the true reason(s) wasn’t made public by the organisation, not to get in a dirty laundry campaign? In spite of his great talent, Subban came with baggage that NHL people knew about. Different baggage, but so does Galchenyuk.

In spite of what some will tell you, the Canadiens’ organisation has tried numerous times to help the young man ‘get things straight’. They traded away Nathan Beaulieu. They traded away Devante Smith-Pelly. All in hope that Galchenyuk could use others as ‘role-models’ to mold his young career after. After the debacle of last season, it now seems like the organisation has finally lost patience with him. Is it too soon? Maybe. But again, maybe not.

Those things folks, whether you want to admit it or choose to stick your head in the sand instead, definitely do affect a player’s value on the trade market. You’re not happy with the return? That’s fine, you’re totally entitled to think that. But at the very least, let’s try to be a little bit honest and acknowledge that the player has something to do with it. Don’t be foolish and buy into the conspiracy theory that it’s all on the GM’s head.

In the meantime, had you ever imagined that Tie Domi would, one day, be cheering for our beloved Habs? Join us Tie: Go Habs Go!