Max Domi had been a cornerstone of the Arizona Coyotes‘ rebuilding project in the desert. He was young Darren Helm Jersey , feisty, skilled and had a great hockey pedigree.
Now the Coyotes have a new, young cornerstone who also happens to fill a need at center after trading Domi to the Montreal Canadiens for Alex Galchenyuk on Friday night.
”Sometimes in this league you have to give to get,” Coyotes general manager John Chayka said on a conference call. ”Max is a very talented young player in his own right, but hopefully this works out where it will be a fit for both sides.”
The 23-year-old Domi was targeted to be part of a youthful new foundation for the struggling Coyotes when they selected him with the 12th overall pick in 2013. The son of former NHL tough guy Tie Domi, Max scored 18 goals and had 34 assists as a rookie in 2015-16, but his goal production has dipped the past two seasons. He had nine goals and 29 assists in an injury-plagued 2016-17 season Authentic Stephen Johns Jersey , and nine goals with 36 assists last season.
The 24-year-old Galchenyuk has been a steady scorer since Montreal selected him third overall in 2012. He has eclipsed 20 goals twice, including a career-high 30 in 2015-16. Galchenyuk had 19 goals and 32 assists last season.
”It gives us optionality, gives us some depth there, versatility,” Chayka said. ”You get a guy who has been very productive and has played in those premium positions, so that was an added bonus with this deal.”
Galchenyuk signed a three-year $14.7-million contract in July 2017 that carries a salary cap hit of $4.9 million per season. Domi is coming off his entry-level contract and will need to sign a new deal.
Galchenyuk was born in Milwaukee when his father, Alexander Galchenyuk Bo Horvat Jersey , was playing for the Wisconsin city’s minor league team. The family returned to Europe when Alex was 4 years old.
ALLEN PARK, Mich. (AP) Darius Slay lost his footing in coverage and landed on the grass. He limped off the field, trying to keep weight off his right leg.
The Detroit Lions cornerback was evaluated on the sideline and after rubbing and pointing to his right knee, he returned to practice Wednesday.
Was it scary, possibly getting injured early in training camp?
”No,” Slay insisted. ”It wasn’t nothing at all.”
After sitting out briefly, Slay eased his way back into slower-paced drills. He was later running full speed to keep up with Detroit’s wide receivers such as Golden Tate and Marvin Jones.
”They’re true competitors Gabriel Landeskog Jersey Kids ,” Slay said. ”I work with them every day and I enjoy working with them. We’re just trying to strive to get better.”
Slay and the receivers take turns making plays throughout practice. One moment, Slay’s blanketing coverage is enough to prevent a completion. Another time, Matthew Stafford might thread a pass past him and into the hands of a well-covered receiver.
”With Darius, you know you have to bring it every single play,” Tate said. ”He’s very fast. He’s very quick, and his knowledge of the game grows every day.
”When we go across from each other, our goal is to embarrass each other.”
Slay emerged as one of the NFL’s top cover cornerbacks last season and earned All-Pro honors.
The Lions did not have many dependable cornerbacks in recent decades Youth Sebastian Aho Jersey , but that changed with at least one key player five years ago. And, they’ve paid him well to keep him around. Slay is in the second season of a $50 million, four-year contract.
Detroit drafted Slay 36th overall in 2013. He had a career-high eight interceptions last season, tying Tennessee Titans safety Kevin Byard for the most in the NFL.
The season seemed to validate the swagger he has played with in the league.
”It’s just a natural thing,” he said. ”You either got it or you don’t.”