The trade is still under evaluation given that McDonagh and Valentenko have not made the team yet. However we are feeling the effects of the contracts MTL acquired last year.
Not saying Gainey had a ton of other choices, just saying it's not a trade that can be labelled as heavily in Montreal's favor. For Montreal, at best McDonagh becomes Balej, at worst, well lets not even go there.
So far, the trade worked out for Montreal. If Rangers like it too, great! Those are the best trades, anyway.
As for contracts issue, for the umpteenth time, at the time the trade was completed, the Habs had $28M of free cap space. After it was completed, they still had $20M. Gionta and Cammalleri were good signings. Gill was acceptable: only two years and not too high.
Mara was a mid-size mistake, Spacek at over-35 was a big mistake (the term; one year would have been ok) and Moen was an overpayment. Never over-pay for 4th liners. We learned that with Laraque and now Rangers will learn with Boogaard.
If not for the last three signings, Habs would have been GREAT for cap space and flexibility.
Gomez, Gionta, Cammalleri and Gill were key to the playoffs. Moen was a spare part though he had one really good game (out of 19), Mara was finished already and Spacek missed a ton of games and was not a critical part of the run.
You are right, Bruins got ripped off. Leafs got the player and the Bruins got a steaming pile of potential
it sure did wonders for them this season and in the playoffs
Originally Posted by Turambar
I can't wait to watch this board implode when Gomez never breaks the 70pt mark again, or at least not with the Habs.
Are people actually trying to justify this trade by Gainey? He traded for one of the worst contracts in league and in the process gave up the Habs #1 prospect and another solid guy in Valentenko, who will be attending the Rags training camp to compete for a job.
One year doesn't make or validate a trade. Just wait until McDonagh is the Rangers #2/#3 defenseman and Valentenko is their #5/6. This board will go crazy.
We don't need Gomez to hit 70 pts, although it would be great if he did. The Habs paid a high price for such a crappy contract, but they had to do something due to our poor center depth in our system. So part of the blame falls on the scouts for not being able to land us another quaility center.
But the trade was a success in that the Habs were a better team, they had their best playoff run in 15+ years, sold over 160,000 tickets, and our young players got valuable playoff experience. Gomez and Pyatt have been nice additions, despite how overpaid Gomez is and will always be.
The Habs gave up one roster player in Higgins who was on his way out anyway. Valentenko was suspended from the Habs and would never play for them again. McDonagh was not our top prospect, I had him at 3rd after Subban and Pacioretty, he was the key part of the trade from what I've heard and while it sucked to lose him, we had to give something to get something as Gainey had to find us a decent center.