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02-20-2011, 08:35 PM
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Originally Posted by RemoAZ View Post
We'll have an owner in 7 to 10 days that got the team for the deal of the century so the cap floor argument really isn't a factor.

We need a #1 center. There's nobody on the roster or anywhere near ready in the minors (unless you think Turris will eventually be a #1 but he's not there yet). Gomez might be having a down year and/or a down 3 or 4 but he's still better than anyone we have.

I think what someone brought up about his Mexican heritage is right on. He'd be an instant fan favorite.

Aslo, the media here is as soft as they come so the pressure the Canadian martket puts on Gomez would be gone. Would that help? Who knows.

The sticking point for this year is we might not get the ownership switched before the deadline meaning the money would have to be equal going back. I'm not sure on the NHL rules. Can Montreal send money with him to pay for part of his salary this season? So say we sent $4 mil worth of contracts back. Can they pay the other 3 or 4?
No, you cannot trade money - that's something they are looking towards perhaps in the next CBA, but for right now it's not possible.

That being said, you have a good feel for the situation in Phoenix so it's nice to know that it doesn't sound that far fetched to a Coyotes fan.

I cannot tell you really which Gomez you would get, it's been a few years that the consistent Gomez played in the NHL, really pretty much since he was in Jersey. Maybe it's the pressure in environments like NY and Montreal, I don't know.

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