Who played their last game for the Montreal Canadiens?

NEW YORK, NEW YORK - MARCH 03: Max Domi #13 of the Montreal Canadiens flips the puck into his own glove during a break in the play against the New York Islanders at the Barclays Center on March 03, 2020 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - MARCH 03: Max Domi #13 of the Montreal Canadiens flips the puck into his own glove during a break in the play against the New York Islanders at the Barclays Center on March 03, 2020 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images) /
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TORONTO, ONTARIO – AUGUST 03: Montreal Canadiens (Photo by Andre Ringuette/Freestyle Photo/Getty Images) /

Jordan Weal

Another part of the Domi fourth-line experiment, along with Weise, was Jordan Weal. You may also know him as, “One of Claude Julien’s favourites” based on how much he was used in the lineup this season.

Weal ran into some injuries but managed to put up 8 goals and 7 assists for 15 points in 49 games. Mind you, that’s all with also getting reps in the top-six and power play time. But all of that was gone once the playoffs started as Weal also had donuts across the board. And again, another similarity to Weise, the Montreal Canadiens were better once he was taken out of the lineup.

Weal does have another year on his deal at $1.4 million per season. It’s more than league minimum but not enough to fully deter other teams from looking at it. Room is another factor, especially if Marc Bergevin was serious about giving Ryan Poehling a chance to earn a spot. Additionally, signings in free agency are on the horizon for the Habs, and they could easily package Weal for a draft pick or with a pick of their own to upgrade.

It’ll take a lot more effort for to move Weal, but I see a small deal happening there.

Max Domi

Now things get interesting.

Before all of this, the Montreal Canadiens didn’t know whether they’d be able to play Domi in these playoff games. Fortunately, it was safe enough to do so, but he wasn’t as effective as the Habs are used to. Some of that does come from playing on the fourth line with Weise and Weal, and a lot of it comes from Domi not being that noticeable save for some headlocks in scrums.

Domi had 3 points in 10 games, all of which came in that one 5-0 game against the Philadelphia Flyers. That’s not good enough, and as the series continued, the 25-year-old was overshadowed by the play of Nick Suzuki, Jesperi Kotkaniemi and even Jonathan Drouin at times. So it’s not surprising to see Domi’s name being thrown out there in trade rumours again.

Domi may be able to keep himself on the Habs, but it all depends on what he asks for in his contract.

Bergevin gave him a two-year bridge making $3.15 million off his years with the Arizona Coyotes. His transition from the 28-goal 72-point debut to the 44-point sophomore ‘return to reality’ year is very telling. Players are usually not fond of taking bridge upon bridge, and these negotiations are going to be different as Domi has salary arbitration rights.

The arbitrator may settle on a decent number that both sides can grit their teeth at, but those are a lot of ‘what-ifs’ here. It’s possible that Bergevin sees a window now to move him even if his value isn’t as high as it was after the 2018-19 season. The team is not complete, and the Montreal Canadiens can use this opportunity to move him.

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The other names walking away are easy to predict and justify; however, Max Domi is going to be a long story. Based on all we’ve seen, I don’t think it’s that out of the blue to say that Domi, along with the five others, has played his last game with the Montreal Canadiens.