Higgins+McDonagh for Scott Gomez - Pt.II (All trade Related Posts Here)
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06-30-2009, 10:11 PM
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Yesterday I spoke with a fellow hab fan and I told him I read we were interested in Gomez. We both agreed that it would be a horrible move, and we were assuming we would not be giving much back. So when I saw this trade go through I was sick and felt like 98% of the people on this board. I read a few posts about it being a panic move and then it clicked, this is actually a desperation move.
When Gainey traded Balej for Kovalev he did so for a few reasons, in my view. He wanted to reward the hard work of the team that year by giving tham a better chance of doing some damage. He wanted to give the fans something to cheer about and most importantly, he wanted everyone to know the Habs were back, we were going to be buyers from now on, not sellers. This last point was important and over the years Gainey has spoken of how important it was to attract players into wanting to play in Montreal.I don't know why, maybe its taxes, maybe its the intense scrutiny from the media and fans, or maybe its because players see a guy like Koivu who has kept coming back from serious health problems, plays bigger than his size , gives the team everything he has every game, is abslolutely loyal, and still gets trashed ( I don't have a problem with people giving their opinon that Koivu isn't what the team may need now, but c'mon give Koivu some repect) like he's been some kind of talentless floater all these years. Anyway, like I said , I don't know why, but UFA's generally don't want to play here. Gainey has tried and tried ie Arnott, Sundin, Shanahan, Hossa.. . I mean, he offers french guys more money and they say no. What to do ? Trade. Go for Lecalavier. But, ownership issues and the trade is vetoed. Now what? Come July 1 , Gainey knows he is in troule to sign a big time UFA. If we don't shake the team up we are guaranteed another year of mediociity. Go for the hail mary. Take on a horrible contract to land a great skating and playmaking centre ( whose actually okay at faceoffs) who most scoring wingers would love to play with, and I am guessing, offer not just more, but alot more money to Gaborik or Hossa than anybody else offers. The deal needed to be done today because players get snapped up fast and the centre needed to be in place. We still may not land an impact winger and then this play would have failes, but Gainey did this I think, to give him every possible chance to hit a homerun UFA. And no , though I love Koivu, I don't think a top winger would pick him over Gomez.
This is my first post, so take it easy guys.
While your post makes sense as far as why he did that trade, I believe that putting himself in desperation mode his Gainey's biggest mistakes that he only had himself to blame for. Everybody knows that Komisarek is not as bad as he showed all year. If Gainey would have signed him in December, Gainey would have been in the best situation. Now power has shift towards Komi where nobody remembers how bad he was, or if they do everybody believes it was just a fluke (see Ryder) and in the UFA market, he will get more than he ever dreamed of. Same applies with Ribeiro.....he had to get rid of him for some reasons, like right now.....well this is the result we had. And it's not solely Gainey, we all dearly remember what the Roy trade looked like when we had to get rid of him like right now.....At one point, wasn't Sather more in a desperation mode? Wasn't it obvious that he wanted desperately to send one of his highest paid guy away? I mean at one point, shouldn't the trade be Gomez AND HIS CONTRACT for Higgins and McDo? I mean that contract had to be enough for Gainey to say to Sather that you will not get my best d-man prospect. I may give you an interesting one, but surely not top 2....
But everybody who would have listened to what Pat Burns had to say and still think it makes sense for whatever reason, has to be in Gainey's family. Not a guy with a whole lot of leadership, not a guy who shows consistency, not a big scorer, not that physical, just by what he said and the tone, clearly, Gomez was not amongst his favorites. He did say though that he should get along with Martin. And that he should not make any trouble in the room.
But do you really attract guys with Gomez? The guy that Jersey wanted to get rid of? And now the guy that the Rangers are so glad he's gone? 'Cause at one point, you are saying that Koivu deserves more respect while Gainey doesn't seem to think he does. But in the eye of the other players, you wouldn't be more interested in a warrior that gives it all every night compared to a guy who's known to play whenever he feels like it?
I think that while more people are expressing their opinions on the trade itself, most people are also wondering what is next for tomorrow. And will adjust their thinking with what happened next. It is still a big question mark to see a guy that still had his use in Higgins and to see one of your 2 best d-men prospects being traded for a guy that the Rangers just wanted to get rid of.
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