Canucks acquire goaltender Louis Domingue in trade deadline deal

Feb 24 2020, 12:50 pm

The Vancouver Canucks have made a last-minute trade deadline deal, acquiring goaltender Louis Domingue from the New Jersey Devils.

The Canucks are giving up minor league goalie Zane McIntyre in the trade.

The move is a salary dump for the Devils, who had Domingue — a veteran of 138 NHL games with Arizona, Tampa Bay, and New Jersey — buried in the AHL. The 27-year-old native ofΒ Saint-Hyacinthe, Quebec is in the last year of a contract that pays him $1.15 million.

But this move is an indication of something more serious.

Jacob Markstrom was not at Canucks practice Monday in Montreal, and Postmedia’s Patrick Johnston is reporting that the team’s No. 1 goalie has a knee injury.

TSN 1040 is reporting that the injury could keep Markstrom out 3-4 weeks.

Canucks GM Jim Benning has since confirmed that Markstrom was injured during Saturday’s game against the Boston Bruins.

With less than six weeks remaining in the regular season, a significant injury to Markstrom — arguably their best player this season — would be a huge blow to the Canucks’ playoff chances. Vancouver is currently just three points above the playoff bar, but with three games in hand on the ninth-place Winnipeg Jets.

The team will turn to rookie Thatcher Demko in Markstrom’s absence, though Domingue is capable of playing at the NHL level. Domingue, who is 6-foot-3 and 208 pounds, has a career .904 save percentage in the NHL. Demko’s save percentage in 20 games this season is .905.

NHL Standard career statistics
Goal Goal Goal Goal Goal Goal Goal Goal
Season Age Tm Lg GP GS W L T/O SV% GAA SO
2014-15 22 ARI NHL 7 4 1 2 1 .911 2.73 0
2015-16 23 ARI NHL 39 36 15 18 5 .912 2.75 2
2016-17 24 ARI NHL 31 26 11 15 1 .908 3.08 0
2017-18 25 TOT NHL 19 16 7 9 1 .894 3.41 0
2017-18 25 ARI NHL 7 5 0 6 0 .856 4.33 0
2017-18 25 TBL NHL 12 11 7 3 1 .914 2.89 0
2018-19 26 TBL NHL 26 26 21 5 0 .908 2.88 0
2019-20 27 NJD NHL 16 14 3 8 2 .882 3.79 0
Career 6 yrs NHL 138 122 58 57 10 .904 3.04 2