Max Domi was traded to the Carolina Hurricanes on Monday in a three-team trade involving the Columbus Blue Jackets and Florida Panthers.
The Hurricanes also received defenseman Tyler Inamoto’s prospect; the Blue Jackets received defenseman Aidan Hreschuk’s prospect; and the Panthers received forward prospect Egor Korshkov and a sixth-round pick in the 2022 NHL Draft.
Domi is in the final season of a two-year, $10.6 million contract (average annual value of $5.3 million) he signed with the Blue Jackets on October 7, 2020, a day after having been acquired in a trade with the Montreal Canadiens. He can become an unrestricted free agent after the season.
The center, who turned 27 on March 2, has 32 points (nine goals, 23 assists) in 53 games this season.
“We were looking for someone to round out our forward lineup, our top nine, and we thought that was a perfect fit for us,” Hurricanes general manager Don Waddell said. “He’s got a lot of goals but (also) a lot of points. I think he’s on a 50-point pace again this year. But he’s also a really good playmaker, good down, plays with a advantage. Some things that we were definitely looking for.”
Although Domi has scored a goal in his last 31 games, Waddell said he thinks that trend could reverse with Carolina.
“We’ve scouted him a lot lately and think he’s been playing really well,” Waddell said. “He’s been in a little bit of a drought. We just felt that coming into this group that we have here, and he was able to play with some nice elite players, that he could be a a great help for us on the road.”
Selected by the Phoenix Coyotes with the 12th overall pick in the 2013 NHL Draft, Domi scored 307 points (99 goals, 208 assists) in 482 regular season games with the Coyotes, Canadiens and Blue Jackets, and had three assists in 10 Stanley Cup Playoff games.
The Hurricanes (41-15-6) are first in the Metropolitan Division, three points ahead of the New York Rangers and Pittsburgh Penguins.
Also on Monday, Carolina signed forward Jesperi Kotkaniemi to an eight-year, $38.56 million contract (average annual value of $4.82 million).
NHL.com Independent Correspondent Kurt Dusterberg contributed to this report