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08-17-2012, 11:46 AM
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Originally Posted by EurOConnEcton View Post
Whats with all this Gomez love? Eller, Leblanc and White in 4th line role are all > Gomez

Pacioretty - Desharnais - Cole
Bourque - Plekanec - Gionta
Moen-Eller- Leblanc
Prust - White - Armstrong
Nokelainen
IMO might as well take advantage of Leblanc's waiver ineligibility and start him in Hamilton. I don't think he has proven to be that much of a better option than any of the veterans, including Gomez. Maybe he forces his way up the depth chart during the season (also a possibility for Gallagher), but by that time we'll have injuries.

I think Gomez is a clearly better option than Nokelainen. So that puts him in the top 12. It's also possible that Armstrong doesn't bounce back, I see him as a low risk gamble more than a sure thing.

I see Gomez's situation as a cap decision. Under the last CBA, or under the owner's first proposal, I send him down to Hamilton. But we don't know what the new CBA will bring. If it ends up closer to a pure hockey decision, I think he makes the team.

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