Lightning trade Michael Leighton and Tye McGinn to Arizona to get Louis Domingue

The Tampa Bay Lightning have traded for goalie Louis Domingue from the Arizona Coyotes presumably to improve their AHL goaltending situation in addition to then add emergency NHL depth. In exchange, Arizona have obtained goalie Michael Leighton and frontward Tye McGinn who had been both regulars in the Syracuse Crunch lineup up to now this season.

We have acquired goaltender Louis Domingue from Arizona in exchange for Michael Leighton and Tye McGinn. – Tampa Bay Lightning (@TBLightning) November 14, 2017

Domingue features played seven games found in Arizona this year and struggled with a good sub .900 conserve percentage at 5v5. By goals preserved above standard, he’s been the fourth worst goalie in the NHL up to now this season. But the Lightning won’t end up being asking him to enjoy NHL moments. Instead, he’ll turn to sure up the goaltending circumstance in Syracuse where Michael Leighton has got struggled thus far. His save percentage in the AHL has got been worse than Domingue’s in the NHL which means this should be a clear upgrade.

The Crunch didn’t make this upgrade without paying a cost. To acquire Domingue, they sent frontward Tye McGinn to Arizona. McGinn has enjoyed significant minutes this year and is one of the few veterans on a group filled with developing prospects. He’s one of the players the group has looked to for leadership.

His counting stats haven’t been impressive up to now this year. He has simply two goals and five total points. Arizona likely obtained him to fill a similar role as a veteran occurrence on their AHL club.

Moving McGinn who was unlikely to come back to Syracuse subsequent season because of the organization’s depth by forward frees up more space designed for players who may have a longer term foreseeable future with the crew. One potential substitute for fill his roster place is certainly Jason Akeson who was recently introduced from a PTO with the group. It’s feasible the Crunch liked what they saw from the 27 year good old frontward while he was around and had a need to clear a roster place for him. His figures were equivalent to McGinn’s with one goal and five points in eleven games.

Bigger picture, the major piece here’s Domingue. He should carry stability to the Crunch goaltending and become a solid spouse for Conor Ingram as he continues to build up in his initial pro season. The Lightning should also feel more secure they have a third option in net in the event something happens to Andrei Vasilevskiy (knock on all of the real wood) or Peter Budaj (knock on perhaps a little wood).

The Crunch play next tomorrow night and it appears unlikely that Domingue will be ready with time for that game. This weekend’s back to back in Toronto against the Marlies, however, appears fair for a debut where Crunch fans will hopefully see a significant boost in goaltending performance.

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