Joined: May 2015
I don't know how anyone who watches the Habs with regularity can say this was a bad trade. Its simply a fresh start for two players with similar abilities.
Repeat after me: GALCHENYUK WAS NOT GOING TO BE A CENTER IN MONTREAL.
1) Habs didn't lose a center. They lost a winger. Whatever reason you want to believe as to why it didn't work out with him at center here are all valid. That doesn't change the fact that he wasn't going to play center for the current management so until Molson wises up, we lose nothing in that sense.
2) Whether you agree with it or not, Galchenyuk has not had a favorable ride here in MTL. Despite a few documented off ice incidences that were not hockey related, the current management has mismanaged this player and as result we had a player signed to short term contract that in theory would have no reason to re-up with the Habs based on the current relationship with management. We were losing Chucky at the end of his contract. No one know this for sure but if you were in his shoes, would you stay in this environment? I wouldn't.
3) Galchenyuk had a lower value than he should have. We Habs fans know how good he can be but what good is it if the current management won't use him as intended to hopefully improve his value? What happens if we have another year of Galchenyuk being played on the 4th line to "teach him a lesson? What if we have another off ice issue show its ugly face? We get another Hoffman situation.....Habs cashed in on Galchenyuk's current value because they knew they couldn't/wouldn't get it to where it needed to be to be worth something like a #1 center or what not. I'm not saying I agree with it. Simply pointing this out.
4) With Domi Habs get a Chucky replacement who is cheaper, younger, cost controlled longer, in a better relationship with management, etc etc Yeah Chucky is probably more talented but that extra talent is wasted here in MTL so we would not reap the benefits of it anyway. People keep pointing to the goals production. I like how people point to Domi's lack of goals scoring and the fact that he scored many in the empty net as such a negative. What kind of players players play the last minute of a 1 goal lead? Maybe we should go check which players lead the NHL in empty netters? They are different players. Domi is a better playmaker than Chucky is. The thought process here is that with Domi, they get less goals from him in particular but get more goals from his linemates as a result of him. Habs have plenty of guys who can score if given a good pass. They don't have talented players to create scoring chances. Galchenyuk's goals came mainly from his ability to finish not from his creation of offense. Domi can help with this. He also has character.....yada yada..yada.
This trade isn't a bad trade. I would be the first to **** all over MB if it was. Is it the trade that should of happened? No it shouldn't have. Chucky should have been placed at center and never taken away from it from the beginning. But he has and management has decided to deem him a winger and a winger only. Given this, Habs swapped out a player who didn't fit their mold anymore and had no incentive to want to remain with this team in the long haul. Swapping in a player who could replace Chucky's ability to create offense who also played a game that will be better suited for the style this management wants to play. Once again, I am not a fan of how this entire ordeal came about but of all the **** show trades MB has done, this one is not as bad as some are making it out to be.
Galchenyuk could score 30 goals as a center in Arizona, that's nice but it wouldn't happened here. What we can hope for is Domi to play to his potential within this teams style and structure. If he does, we won't be missing Chucky that much.