How do you guys like Gomez?
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01-15-2008, 01:24 PM
Join Date: Aug 2005
Location: Northern NJ
As a Devils fan, I’ll admit that I’ve been wrong about how I thought Gomez would perform thus far. I didn’t think that he’d completely **** the bed or anything, but he’s definitely playing better than I’ve envisioned. Is he worth the $7.3M cap hit…maybe not when compared to what some of the other top players in the league are making, but most of them either re-signed with their team or signed a contract a prior to this offseason so it’s tough to compare. Bringing in a guy as a UFA is going to cost more anyway – at the end of the day though, Gomez is at the very least playing up to expectations, so Ranger fans should be happy to have him even at that cap hit. I also agree with Jon that the $10M salary he gets this year is essentially meaningless to fans – it’s really only the cap hit that matters.
I thought the Rangers would’ve been better off signing only one of Drury & Gomez this past offseason and taking a run at someone like Hossa this offseason…then again, with Jagr & Shanny getting up their in age they’re in a bit of a win now mode, so it made sense making such a big splash this past offseason (note that I’m not implying that they don’t have the youth to stay competitive for many years to come).
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Sorry, but Devils fans lost almost all credibility opinion wise when they came over here and said he'd only score 50 points... would never play defense... would never play hard and would take games off... etc etc.
We heard that **** all summer and it's already been proven completely false and it makes YOU guys look like the "novices to Scott Gomez".
Sorry Jon, but you have a really bad habit of lumping all Devils fans together into some kind of distorted view you think we have. Yeah, I’m sure there were quite a few Devils fans that may have said stuff like this, but act like such a vast majority of fans were saying this.
I doubt that many really thought he’d only get 50 points, but he does have some history of not being as defensively responsible as other Devils players and he has struggled with consistency in his career – I can recall Pat Burns in particular calling him out and struggling for a while to really light a fire under Gomez’ ass.
That doesn’t seem to be an issue this season though – after some early struggles (maybe getting used to the team / system) it seems like he’s their best forward on the ice more games than not. Maybe it’s the opportunity to play on a big stage that has him motivated, or he’s trying to justify the salary or whatever…but something is driving him. I’d think you’d have to admit though that some of the Devils fans that thought he’d struggle with consistency or motivation had some reason to believe that given what we had seen him do in NJ…just because that hasn’t been the case, doesn’t mean there wasn’t a basis for thinking it may happen.
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