Before the Habs revealed their training camp roster last weekend, they had announced that Max Domi wouldn’t be there right away and instead would wait 7-10 days to make a decision. It appears that he has made his choice as he was at practice with the team on Monday.
Of course, the holdup stemmed from Domi’s diabetes which left him at a greater risk of complications from the COVID-19 virus. The NHL even put a provision in their CBA MOU that said a doctor could rule a player ineligible if it put them at too much risk. It seems as if all sides are satisfied that the risks have at least been sufficiently mitigated.
At first glance, it would seem like he’d go back to his spot as the third line centre but Jesperi Kotkaniemi’s performance in that place has been strong so far. As a result, it’s possible that Julien could leave Kotkaniemi down the middle on the third line which would shift Domi to the wing. That’s not his preferred position but doing so would give Montreal’s wingers a bit of an offensive boost.
In other news Monday:
Alexander Romanov still has not yet received his work visa. As a result, he may wind up going straight to Toronto once he gets it. Of course, part of the reason they burned the contract now was to get him some practice time with the team but it certainly doesn’t seem like that will happen.
Michael McNiven left practice early after taking a Shea Weber slapshot to the face which caused some bleeding.
Victor Mete indicated that no contract talks have been held yet. He’s in the final year of his deal and will become a restricted free agent in October.
TVA Sports and Sportsnet announced that they will have the TV rights for Montreal’s series against Pittsburgh. That means that the games will be shown nationally without any regional restrictions.
The nominees for the Selke Trophy were announced. While Phillip Danault was known to have receive some votes, he was not among the three finalists.