NHL Trade Deadline: 4 Realistic Possibilities for Blue Jackets

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Max Domi

Last week we broke down a handful of possible landing spots for Max Domi, so if you’ve been checking back here regularly, seeing him on this list won’t be too surprising. Even if you missed that particular post, anyone who’s been watching the Blue Jackets in 2021-22 can see pretty clearly that the forward isn’t in Columbus’ long-term plans.

After averaging more than 17 minutes of ice time a night while with the Montreal Canadiens from 2018 until 2020, Domi has seen his usage dip drastically. He skated15:13 per contest last season and has seen his ice time collapse, even more, this year, sitting at 13:27 through 38 games.

He hasn’t clicked with the Blue Jackets, but this is still a player who has offensive skill and doesn’t mind getting to the dirty areas to make things happen. That could be valuable for teams like the New York Rangers, who are believed to be looking to add to their forward depth in the coming weeks.

The Blueshirts have been connected to some of the bigger names rumored to be available. If New York whiffs on the likes of J.T. Miller, for example, Domi could represent a consolation prize of sorts.

Given that rentals such as Taylor Hall and Sam Bennett fetched a second-round pick plus last season, the Blue Jackets would likely be happy with a third-round selection or a mid-range prospect here. Anything more than that would just be gravy.