The Tampa Bay Lightning have acquired goalie Louis Domingue from the Arizona Coyotes in exchange for goalie Michael Leighton and forward Tye McGinn.
Off to a bad start, Domingue was waived by the Coyotes. He will likely stay in the AHL with the Lightning. But, he\’s better than Leighton. If either Andrei Vasilevskiy or Peter Budaj go down, Domingue will be the backup. The price wasn\’t high, and they got a discount.
Domingue, 25, has a 4.33 GAA and .856 SV% in seven games in the desert this season. In his NHL career, all for the Coyotes, Domingue has a GAA of 3.00 and a .906 SV%.
The Coyotes don\’t need Domingue. They already have Antti Raanta, Scott Wedgewood and Adin Hill. Leighton will just add depth in the AHL to go along with Hill. McGinn, brother of other NHLers Jamie (Florida) and Brock (Carolina) is a solid bottom six forward. He has also had a short stint in Arizona in 2014-15, so he knows some of the team.
McGinn, 27, hasn\’t played in the NHL this season. In his NHL career for the Lightning, Coyotes, San Jose Sharks and Philadelphia Flyers, McGinn has scored nine goals and eight assists for 17 points in 89 games.
Leighton, 36, also hasn\’t played in the league at all in 2017-18. In his NHL career for the Carolina Hurricanes, Chicago Blackhawks, Flyers and Nashville Predators, Leighton has a .900 SV% and a GAA of 2.98.
This is an even trade. Both teams trade away useless assets, and get depth for them. If I had to choose a winner, I\’d say Tampa Bay won. It\’s simple Domingue>Leighton, and McGinn doesn\’t fill the gap between them.