One pending free agent the Canadiens can steal from their Atlantic Division rivals

The Montreal Canadiens could have some holes to fill in their lineup next season, so there is a chance they add a few players from the outside.

Oct 11, 2023; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; Toronto Maple Leafs center Max Domi (11) battles for  the puck
Oct 11, 2023; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; Toronto Maple Leafs center Max Domi (11) battles for the puck / Nick Turchiaro-USA TODAY Sports
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Max Domi, Forward/Toronto Maple Leafs

There is always at least one player on these lists who could always make a return trip, and Max Domi is that player in this slideshow. If you have followed the Canadiens for a while, you may remember Domi from his time in Montreal between 2018 and 2020, and he was a rather serviceable player during that stretch. 

He saw 153 games during his first stint with the Canadiens, recording 116 points and 45 goals. The 72 points he registered in 2018-19 remain a career-high, and while he won’t get anywhere near that output these days, Domi can still put up serviceable numbers whether he’s seeing time on the top-six, or more ideally, logging middle or bottom-six minutes. 

We have seen that this season in Toronto, where through 74 games, Domi has 42 points and eight goals. We saw it last year when he split time with the Chicago Blackhawks and the Dallas Stars with 56 points and 20 goals through 80 games. 

If Hughes wanted a serviceable stopgap who could put up moderate productivity, Domi would be his answer. Don’t expect the same player you saw during his time in Montreal, but he still plays well enough to provide more than adequate production. 

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(Statistics provided by Hockey-Reference as of April 1st)