It’s an interesting situation, because Domingue got seven games in the NHL last season after the ‘Yotes traded Devan Dubnyk to the Minnesota Wild. In those seven games, he made his NHL debut, posting a .911 save percentage.
However, the Coyotes signed a handful of goaltenders this summer and it was reported that Domingue rejected the team’s qualifying offer and that he would play in Europe for an unnamed team this season.
It appeared early in the summer that Domingue would not be, barring injuries, making a return to the NHL to start the season, even if he did re-sign, after Arizona signed Anders Lindback. They also made a move to add goaltending depth in the AHL by bringing in German goaltender Niklas Treutle, who has played very well in Europe and will try to transition to North America in the AHL this season. The team also has 21-year-old 2012 draft pick Marek Langhammer making the jump to the pro ranks this season.
— Arizona Coyotes (@ArizonaCoyotes) September 5, 2015
Now officially back in the fold, the 23-year-old, 6-foot-3 Domingue figures to be the top goaltender for the Springfield Falcons in the AHL unless he, somehow, unseats Lindback as Mike Smith’s back-up at the NHL level.
Dustin Nelson is the News Editor for The Hockey Writers. He’s a contributor to Hockey Prospectus, Hockey Wilderness, and writes a column for Rotowire. He’s also written for Gone Puck Wild, Wild Xtra, InDigest, Electric Literature, The Rumpus, Tiny Mix Tapes, Prefix Magazine & other publications. Have a tip? Email him at dlukenelson[at]gmail[dot]com.