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Did Max Domi Just Hint at His Intentions to Leave Canadiens?

Max Domi had a subtle but potentially loud change to his social media accounts. Is it too soo to read between the lines?

It might be too soon to get ahead of ourselves, but sometimes players do things for a reason.

With the Montreal Canadiens now officially out of the playoff picture and questions surrounding what their plans for next season include, one of the roster members whose future may be in doubt in Montreal is Max Domi. On Monday, Domi added some fuel to the he’s-moving-on fire when he removed the Montreal Canadiens references from his social media profiles.

This could be as simple as Domi hinting at his status as a restricted free agent and that he’s technically no longer a Canadiens forward until he re-signs with the team. It also could mean he’s preparing to move on.

Related: How Long Before Max Domi Wants Out of Montreal?

Why Would Domi Leave?

From most accounts and previous conversations with Domi, he seems like a true professional. He returned to the Canadiens for the play-ins despite there being an added health risk in doing so– Domi is a Type 1 diabetic and lives with Celiac disease. It was commendable that he did so.

He’s an energy player for the Canadiens who has some tremendous skill but there has been a ton of speculation that Domi is the odd man out in Montreal. He was not used as much as he might have liked in the play-in and first-round series’ and as an RFA who is expecting to be signed for a certain dollar figure, the emergence of players like Nick Suzuki and Jesperi Kotkaniemi don’t leave him in an enviable spot on the roster.

It makes sense that the Canadiens would be unsure about investing heavily in a forward they’re not sure they’ll use in a top-six role. Futher to that, this is an offseason where financial mistakes could be critical in a flat salary cap 2020-21 season.

If Domi isn’t going to get raise over this current $3.15 million salary, because he’s arbitration eligible, one has to wonder if the message has been sent that the Canadiens don’t plan to go there.

One can only hope this is reading too much into a move that takes only a few seconds to do on one’s own social media account. But, it’s also logical to assume it wasn’t done by accident.

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