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Lightning acquire goaltender from Coyotes

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The Tampa Bay Lightning and Arizona Coyotes reached an agreement on Tuesday afternoon. The Coyotes send a depth goaltender to Tampa in return for two players.

Goaltender Louis Domingue, selected in the fifth round of the 2010 NHL Draft, has been acquired by the Lightning in a 3-player deal. In exchange for the back-up goalie, Tampa Bay will send goaltender Michael Leighton and forward Tye McGinn to Arizona.

Domingue, a native of Quebec, has played in seven games this season for the Coyotes, with minimal success. The 6-3, 210-pound backstop has a 4.33 GAA and .856 save percentage while serving as the back-up to Antti Raanta.

During Raanta’s three-week absense (lower-body injury) earlier this season, Domingue failed to record a win. Throughout his career, Domingue has 84 NHL appearances in four years, all with the Coyotes. His 3.00 GAA average during that time suggests that he should improve upon his 2017 numbers.

Leighton caught by surprise when traded to Coyotes

As for the goaltender heading to Arizona, Leighton did not see this coming.

“I was definitely surprised,” Leighton said Tuesday afternoon. “I know things haven’t been going great here. But I didn’t think it would come to this,” Leighton said per Syracuse.com.

Domingue will report to the Syracuse Crunch and replace Leighton as the teams’ No. 1 goalie.

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