NHL Rumors: 3 Potential Destinations for Max Domi

The NHL's free-agency period opens up on July 13 this year as things got bumped back slightly in 2022. For the Carolina Hurricanes, this gives them another 13 days to negotiate with some of their players as the 'Canes have several key pieces who appear bound to hit the open market. Winger Max Domi is on the list and Carolina will be in tough to retain the 27-year-old. Here's three potential destinations if Carolina can't get a deal done:

New Jersey Devils

The Devils are going to be in on just about everyone who can play the wing and score goals. Their young core is developing nicely, however they don't have a ton of secondary scoring, or primary scoring for that matter that comes from either side. Domi had a down year with only 11 goals in 72 games in 2021-22, however it was tough for him to get going with the Hurricanes after the trade from Columbus. In the Stanley Cup Playoffs, he went on to score three times in 14 games and showed he can come up clutch when it mattered most. Expect to see the Devils come in with a multi-year offer in early July.

Toronto Maple Leafs

With the 'Domi' name being on celebrity status in Toronto, Max will surely have a conversation with Toronto GM Kyle Dubas to see what kind of room they have this summer. Ilya Mikheyev is likely be pricing himself out of Toronto, so Domi could be a nice replacement at slightly less money. Last season he made $5.3 million, if he's headed north, he won't be making anything close but may have interest just for the all the feels that come with playing in Toronto, just like Dad.

Pittsburgh Penguins

Speaking of Dad, Tie and Mario Lemieux are best of friends and Max has been linked to the Pittsburgh Penguins for a few seasons now. The only knock here is why Domi plays a edgy game and can be an offensive threat at times, he doesn't hit a ton of block shots so at times, he's just 'out there'. This may deter Ron Hextall from offering too much term and this could be a short-term experiment as the Penguins will need some help on the wing this summer. The team continues to try and move Jason Zucker and his expensive contract for next season, so if the deal transpires, Domi could be a replacement for Pittsburgh.

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