Galchenyuk, whom the Coyotes acquired from the Habs in exchange for Max Domi on Friday, said he's excited about the prospect of playing the center position, Craig Morgan of NHL.com reports. Numerous reports have suggested that Galchenyuk requested to work down the middle in Montreal late last season, but he didn't get that opportunity. In Arizona, he could slot in as the second-line center taking shifts after Derek Stepan or flanking his fellow American from the right wing on the top line. For what it's worth, Galchenyuk believes he'll play center after reading comments on social media speculating that he'll end up in that spot, so we'd take this news with a grain of salt until coach Rick Tocchet has a chance to corroborate the report.
The Canadiens traded Galchenyuk to the Coyotes in exchange for Max Domi on Friday, Arpon Basu of The Athletic Montreal reports. This is a straight-up swap involving a pair of first-round draft picks. Galchenyuk spent his first six seasons in Montreal, accumulating 108 goals and 147 assists over 418 games. There's no reason to expect him to give up his power-play responsibilities now that he's bound for Arizona, and his playmaking acumen should really help invigorate an offense that ranked 28th last season -- which was one peg higher than Montreal's scoring rate. Galchenyuk has two years left on a contract that comes with an annual cap hit of $4.9 million. The prospect of Chucky playing alongside phenom Clayton Keller -- who posted 65 points as a rookie this past season -- should be really exciting to Coyotes fans.
Galchenyuk scored a power-play goal and an even-strength assist in Tuesday's 5-4 overtime loss to the Jets. His 19th goal of the season, scored with just under two minutes left in the third period, capped a big comeback and sent the game to extra time, but the Habs couldn't finish the job. The 24-year-old now has 51 points in 80 games on the season, his second career campaign reaching the 50-point plateau. while his 24 points with the man advantage is a new career high.
Galchenyuk recorded a power-play assist in Saturday's 5-2 loss to the Penguins. Galchenyuk has points in four straight games and 10 over the last 11. His 31 assists this season are a career high, and his play over the second half of the season has quelled talk about him needing a change of scenery, despite an unsightly minus-29. Coach Claude Julien has praised the forward's improvement at his own end of the ice. The Wisconsin native has 21 points (10 on the power play) and is at minus-3 over the last 27 games. Now comes the hard part of finding supporting cast members that can get him back to the 30-goal level he reached in 2015-16.
Galchenyuk recorded a goal and an assist -- both with the man advantage -- during Monday's 4-2 win over Detroit. The 24-year-old forward now sports a three-game point streak and is up to 18 tallies and 30 helpers for the campaign. Additionally, his 30 assists and 22 power-play points are both career-high marks. The recent uptick in production is also especially encouraging considering Galchenyuk was nursing a hand injury last week.
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