3rd line center if/when we get started
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01-03-2013, 11:34 AM
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I've seen my fair-share of Gomez's games in Montreal, and I'm not convinced he's as bad as his numbers suggest. Injury riddled season last year clearly got to his head. I remember watching him in the playoffs for the Habs in 2011 and he was all over the ice.
I think the money and the media got to him up in Montreal. I think Gainey put the Habs in a poor situation with too many USA natives on that team, and I think they all felt the pressure to perform. Gomez even more so because of the contract that he had.
In my mind, I think Gomez is an offensive upgrade over Boyle and is also a good two-way player. He doesn't have the defensive chops that Boyle has, but I really think if we go into the season with Boyle as the 4C that this Rangers team has serious depth. Not to mention if (God forbid) Stepan or Richards goes down with an injury, I'd much rather have a guy like Gomez in the top-6 than Boyle.
I think he would fit Torts' system well and play his ass off for the team. Would love to see Gomez be able to run a powerplay with Nash or Gaborik. Too often last season we saw Gaborik try to carry the puck up the ice on the PP and that is not where Gaborik needs to be used. That was the main issue with Jagr and Gomez being that they both wanted the puck from coast-to-coast. That's not an issue with Gomez and Gaborik, and can allow Gaborik the space he needs to get open in the offensive zone.
But it is a bit unfair to be speculating things like this, as I thought Gomez and Jagr would be the perfect duo together, it's hard to imagine how things would work out on the ice before they're actually presented to you in game form.
I know it's probably just me, and maybe a few other posters on this forum,
but I'd take Gomez over Boyle at 3C any day of the week
id rather have retired Mark Messier Wayne Gretzky or even Ken Gernander or Derek Armstrong at their age today over Gomez...
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