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07-19-2011, 09:38 AM
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Originally Posted by macavoy View Post
The Niinima trade was worst than the Gomez trade. The stars have had a close to a PPG player for the last 5 years. If you take the highest scoring Hab from the last 5 years, they wouldn't have the PPG that Ribeiro has.

Gomez while horrible last year, was integral to building a locker room chemistry for the first time in 15 years in Montreal that has been cohesive. He and Gill were integral to setting the tone in the locker room, then Gionto complimented that by leading on the ice with his work ethic. Secondly there was nobody better available to replace him last year or this year. His cap hit isn't holding us back, we have $8m in cap space, that is enough to go after Brad Richards.

Ribero trade <<< Gomez trade
Yeah I feel the same way. We gave up a good player in both deals (Ribeiro >> McDonagh) but at least Gomez can still be a positive contributor. He had a terrible year but there's a chance he can bounce back - with Niinimaa there was absolutely no hope of the guy being anything other than a 7th D playing out his final year, much of it being spent in the press box.

And if people are going to point to his cap hit as a hinderance, well it hasn't been so far.

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