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01-16-2013, 08:38 AM
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I wouldn't be entirely shocked if the Canadians decide just to keep Gomez on the books and buy him out this summer. They're very thin at center, Plekanec is far and away their best pivot and they'll be counting on Galchenyuk (though I admit he is probably ready). Keep in mind there is no benefit for Montreal to buying him out now, it is a favor to the player. Unlike Redden, he did play in the NHL last year (though he was injured/scratched for much of the season). It might be a good idea to keep him as an insurance policy. This is a team that's missing some pieces but they have a good goaltender and anything can happen in a short season. It would be a huge risk to put him in a game, and maybe they wouldn't use him, but when the alternative is to pay his salary, take the cap hit and have him unavailable for emergency situations this year, what's the incentive for a team to buy him out now?

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