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05-10-2012, 06:04 PM
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tlureb
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Originally Posted by Endersoldier View Post
That's great and all, but there's one big flaw in it: no one would want Gomez's cap hit, it really is the issue here.
From a Pittsburg perspective, Stall's contract is due up next year. It simply makes no sense for them to re-sign an essentially first line player to a first line, big-money contract and play him with third line minutes. It doesn't make sense cap-wise and it's utterly wrong asset management-wise.

They have to either give him first line minutes and cap him accordingly, or trade him for a comparable asset that can afford them a deeper thrust into a credible Cup run. What the Penguins would take as a cap hit with Gomez' contract could very well be offset by an entry-level contract to a 'third overall' star-in-the-making ( on wings, defense or between the goalposts ), and the year-end financial freedom from a potential big-money contract to an utterly wasted premium asset.

You might need a big-time accountant to work it all out, but on the face of it, Montreal and Pittsburg places in the grand scheme of things make them natural 'June' trading partners. It's seems optimal from a financial resources standpoint and from a team development standpoint...for both organizations.

I originally brought Montreal/Pittsburg up as a case-study in punctual, complementary-trading partnership. But there could be others out there not quite as obvious.

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