The Carolina Hurricanes managed to make one final addition right under the wire.
The Hurricanes acquired forward Max Domi from the Columbus Blue Jackets at the very last minute, sending prospect Aiden Hreschuk, who was chosen 94th overall in the 2021 draft, the other way.
The Florida Panthers are included in this trade as well, acting as a middle man to help retain more of Domi's salary to accommodate Carolina's tight cap situation. The Blue Jackets sent over a sixth-round pick to Florida, with the Panthers retaining $1.325 million of Domi's hit, while the Blue Jackets will hold on to $2.65 million.
While Domi had a promising start to his career in both Arizona and Montreal, the former first-round pick has struggled mightily in recent seasons, experiencing something of a comeback however in 2021-22 by racking up 32 points in 53 games on a fledgling Blue Jackets team.
Despite his offensive resurgence, Domi has been logging the lowest average ice time of his career this season, seeing just over 13 minutes of work each night in decidedly sheltered minutes.
Giving up only a prospect they recently selected in the third round, the Hurricanes are adding Domi to use him as bottom-six depth for what is expected to be a very deep playoff run this year.
Domi is on an expiring contract, set to become an unrestricted free agent at year's end, and is likely a pure rental for the Hurricanes. Given the price it took to get him, that is a solid depth add for one of the NHL's top teams, with Domi looking to bring some physicality and offensive presence to Carolina's bottom-six.
The Hurricanes are so deep up front that Rod Brind'Amour can shelter Domi to perhaps even a greater degree than he was with the Blue Jackets. And when accounting for the grind of a seven-game playoff series, having to face a player like Domi on your opponent's fourth-line is not an enticing thought.