Presumably, this switch was made at least in part to try to find Domingue a new team. After spending last season as the full-time backup in Tampa Bay where he got into 26 games, the Lightning opted to bring in Curtis McElhinney as the number two to starter Andrei Vasilevskiy. During the summer, GM Julien BriseBois openly acknowledged that there were trade discussions involving the 27-year-old but evidently, nothing came to fruition.
As a result, Domingue now finds himself in an awkward situation. The team signed Scott Wedgewood to be their number three goaltender in free agency and brought back Mike Condon as part of a salary dump move to clear out Ryan Callahan’s contract and brought in Spencer Martin to serve as Wedgewood’s backup. Now, they’re carrying three goalies (Domingue, Wedgewood, and Condon) with AHL Syracuse while Martin has had to drop to the ECHL, a level he hadn’t been at since 2015-16 just to get some playing time.
Clearly, there’s a logjam for Domingue to contend with and it has limited his playing time as he has played in just four games with the Crunch this season. Considering that he’s slated to be an unrestricted free agent this summer, finding an opportunity to play regularly (even if it isn’t necessarily at the NHL level to start with) would be ideal. We’ll soon find out if this agent change helps that come to fruition.