Alex Galchenyuk primed for Montreal return as a member of the Coyotes


Alex Galchenyuk took some time to fully grasp the microscope he would be under as a member of the Montreal Canadiens.Selected third overall at the 2012 NHL draft, the naive assumption of a teenager was every team in the league got similar media attention.It was only after players started arriving from other organizations that Galchenyuk realized the magnitude of Montreal’s fishbowl.Story continues below

READ MORE: Montreal Canadiens trade Alex Galchenyuk to Coyotes for Max DomiAnd if there was any lingering doubt, the trade that sent him to hockey’s desert outpost sealed it.“I never felt pressure from the media,” Galchenyuk, now a member of the Arizona Coyotes, said of the coverage in Montreal. “It was just normal. I thought it was like (how) it’s supposed to be.”The soon-to-be-25-year-old then added of his new locale with a smile: “It’s definitely different.”READ MORE: Call of the Wilde — Montreal Canadiens’ win streak cut short in loss to Philadelphia FlyersGalchenyuk, who has eight goals and 17 assists in 38 games in 2018-19, will return to Montreal for the first time since June’s deal that saw him swapped for Max Domi in a rare player-for-player move when the Coyotes visit the Bell Centre on Wednesday.In six seasons with the Canadiens, the forward recorded 108 goals and 147 assists in 418 games. He added 13 points (four goals, nine assists) in 28 playoff outings.Hampered by a lower-body injury that cost him three weeks at the start of the current campaign, Galchenyuk had eight points in his first nine appearances with the Coyotes before a 16-game stretch between Nov. 13 and Dec. 22 where he registered just four assists.WATCH: Montreal Canadiens’ road trip stalls with 4-1 loss to St. Louis

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