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Drouin Rips Canadiens Market Over Domi Rumors

Jonathan Drouin recently came to the defense of his friend Max Domi after rumors of Domi being traded surfaced.

Max Domi is likely to be traded. There’s so much speculation surrounding the forward and after choosing to move on from agent Pat Brisson, well-known friend of Marc Bergevin, the writing is on the wall. With Darren Ferris now representing him, a desire to play at center and likely looking to get more responsibility than the fourth-line role he was delegated to during the Canadiens playoff run, it’s hard to imagine Domi staying put.

But, according the forward Jonathan Drouin, that doesn’t mean the Montreal market needs to trash Domi on his way out of town.

Drouin held his annual Golf Tournament this past Monday and it was not surprising some of the questions directed at him during the media availability were in respect to the Domi rumors. Drouin made it clear he was not a fan of all the talk.

Domi Aimed His Frustrations at the Montreal Market

According to the Journal de Montreal (requires translation), Drouin took aim at the Montreal fans and the Montreal market while standing up for his friend.

He said:

That’s the Montreal market. Last year he was our best player with 72 points. Everyone was ready for him to sign for eight years and $ 9 million. All of a sudden, everyone wants to get rid of him (translated).

Drouin seemed displeased with the idea that because, all of a sudden, Domi was asked to take on a lesser role with the emergence of some youngsters that he was no longer a good player. In fact, Drouin defended Domi’s attitude during this playoff run when the forward was asked to take on a smaller part of the offense.

“Max did what he had to do,” said Drouin. He added, “Playing on a fourth line was not easy for him.”

And, it is that reason most people believe Domi will be moved. The Canadiens are not likely to invest over $3 million in a fourth-line center and with Phillip Danault, Nick Suzuki and Jesperi Kotkaniemi taking the top three spots, Domi is the odd man out.

Still, Drouin said Domi should be commended. He noted, “However, he had the right attitude. With Max, whether off the ice or on the ice, he’s always in a good mood. He gives energy to the group and he is there for his teammates (translated).”

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