CON­CLU­SION

The Hockey News - - BUZZ - Tom Thomp­son has been an NHL scout/di­rec­tor/as­sis­tant GM since 1985.

LET’S STOP MAK­ING EX­CUSES

for Galchenyuk. He was the first player drafted by Marc Bergevin af­ter he be­came GM in Mon­treal. The Cana­di­ens very much wanted him to suc­ceed, but they fi­nally ran out of pa­tience. As an of­fen­sive for­ward, he will com­mand big money. Teams that fork out big bucks to non-com­pet­i­tive, poor de­fen­sive play­ers like Galchenyuk do not win. Domi must avoid the type of hor­ren­dous start that he ex­pe­ri­enced in 2017-18. If he can play the type of two-way, high-en­ergy hockey that re­sulted in point-per-game pro­duc­tion over the fi­nal 20 games of the sea­son – with no power-play points – he can help the Cana­di­ens be a com­pet­i­tive team. He will never com­mand the salary of the gifted of­fen­sive play­ers. He will pro­vide a bet­ter re­turn as a sec­ond-line in­vest­ment than Galchenyuk will pro­vide as a first-line in­vest­ment. For­get the naysay­ers in Mon­treal. For a Stan­ley Cup con­tender, Domi over Galchenyuk. Mon­treal gets the bet­ter of the trade.

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