Maloney: RFA Domingue will play in Europe

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Goaltender Louis Domingue got his first taste of NHL action last season, but that wasn’t enough to convince him to stick around.

In a move that surprised Coyotes GM Don Maloney, Domingue has decided to head to Europe rather than accept a one-year, two-way extension with the Arizona Coyotes, per the Arizona Republic. He was Arizona’s last remaining restricted free agent.

The 23-year-old posted a 2.68 GAA and .908 save percentage in 20 AHL contests and also had a 2.73 GAA and .911 save percentage in seven NHL games last season. However, his chances of making the Coyotes’ opening game roster took a major hit after the team signed Anders Lindback to a one-year, $875K contract.

“I think he’s always been quite confident in himself, and he just thought he deserved more than a two-way contract basically is what it came down to and that’s fine,” Maloney said. “He’s still a young goalie. I don’t know where he’s going to play over there, but hopefully he’ll play somewhere and then we’ll see. If he continues to develop well, that’s good. That’s fine with us. But it does open up opportunity for others.”

Meanwhile, Arizona has inked German League standout Niklas Treutle to a one-year, entry-level contract.