Lightning’s Backup Goalie, Louis Domingue, Gets Traded to New Jersey Devils

Lightning's Backup Goalie, Louis Domingue, Gets Traded to New Jersey Devils

Kirsten Schneider, Writer, Editor

On Saturday, November 2nd, 2019, the Lightning’s backup goaltender, Louis Domingue, was traded to the New Jersey Devils

Fans were suspicious a trade was on its way when the Syracuse Crunch (AHL team affiliated with the Lightning), was missing goaltender, Louis Domingue, from the ice Friday night. But before the puck was dropped, they found out Domingue got traded to the Devils.

He was dealt to the Devils for a conditional seventh round draft selection in the 2021 NHL draft. The Lightning will receive the Devil’s seventh round pick in exchange for Louis Domingue. There are multiple conditions though:

  1. Domingue plays in 7 NHL regular season games for the Devils during the 2019 – 2020 season OR
  2. Domingue plays in one NHL playoff game for the Devils (if they make it) during the 2020 playoffs OR
  3. Domingue is traded by the Devils prior to the start of the 2020 NHL Entry Draft.

Since Lightning backup goaltender, Curtis McElhinney was signed to back up all-star goaltender, Andrei Vasilevskiy, during the offseason, Domingue wasn’t really needed on the Lightning’s 2019 – 2020 roster. This shocked many fans, because during the Lightning’s 2018 – 2019 season, Domingue had 26 appearances. His record was 21-5-0 with a 2.88 GAA and .908 save percentage.

The Lightning tried to deal Domingue during the preseason, and since no other team claimed him on their wavers, he was sent to Syracuse. While in Syracuse this season, he appeared in four games. His record was 2-1-1 with a 3.81 GAA and a .863 save percentage.

Domingue will be sent to the Devil’s AHL team in Binghamton as the 3rd goaltender on the Devil’s roster. He will be truly missed in Tampa, as fans loved his spunky attitude and how great of a goaltender he was on the ice.