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Montreal Canadiens Coach Calls Max Domi “Expendable”

Montreal Canadiens coach Claude Julien told reporters the team moved on from Max Domi because he became expendable.

The Montreal Canadiens made some sizeable moves this offseason, perhaps none bigger than trading Max Domi the Columbus Blue Jackets and then signing Josh Anderson, who they acquired in that trade to a seven-year extension. Apparently, the reason that trade became a reality is because the Canadiens viewed Domi as expendable. At least, that’s what head coach Claude Julien told media on Thursday.

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Speaking to reporters Julien detailed how Domi’s position with the team became paramount in their willingness to move him. It wasn’t that they didn’t like the player. It was more that his skill set was redundant considering the progression of other players who the Canadiens felt needed the opportunity to grow with the franchise and take on more responsibility.

Julien noted that the team shifted gears, no longer relying on Domi to be the team’s top offensive weapon. He noted the key factor was how young Jesperi Kotkaniemi performed once the club returned from the COVID-19 pause. Julien explained:

When we started training camp, obviously Max wasn’t there for the first week, so we put our group together, we started, and all of a sudden we see both those guys — especially Kotkaniemi — really doing well,” Julien recalled.

He said the team realized, the team had four good lines and that depth helped the Canadiens get through the first round against Pittsburgh.

As a result, Domi was placed on a fourth line alongside Dale Weise and Jorden Weal. Long-term however, it didn’t make sense for the Canadiens to invest that kind of money in a fourth-line player. Julien added:

“It’s not so much that it didn’t work out [with Domi in Montreal]. Sometimes this is what hockey’s all about — you end up with a situation where now Max became I guess a little bit expendable, because we had those guys do so well, and at the same time, we’re able to get a big player that we really needed on the wing in Josh Anderson in exchange for him.”

A More Well-Rounded Canadiens Team

The loss of Domi could prove to be a big win for the Columbus Blue Jackets, but as a result of the deal, the Canadiens are much more well-rounded team. They’ve got depth in all positions and have added key pieces at every spot.

Montreal Canadiens Coach Claude Julien

The key now will be that Anderson stays healthy and that the young players who made Domi expendable continue to progress. Any regression could become a problem for Montreal as the 2020-21 season gets under way, whenever that is.

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