The original NY Post article (from Everson) isn't coming up for me anymore, so perhaps it's lost. I do remember the discussion at the time, and how many people were actually saying the value between the two was even.
Wow how things have changed. I'd still love Gomez on the Devils (I think he could revive his career here), but his contract isn't even the worst thing at this point. From all accounts, he's just wasn't functioning at an NHL level for Montreal at the end. Sad.
It seems like a lateral shift to me (maybe slight favor to Detroit since Datsyuk will fold in the playoffs). Both players will test FA market, so its not like either will resign with the other team. As a Detroit fan, I'd really consider it since Gomez seems to do decent in the playoffs (I think he averaged 1 pt/game the last two playoff years).
I just saw it. Good call Jim! We're not so different you and I. While Datsyuk always had potential he was a no show. Part of it was playing behind the guys the other part is that he needed to mature. He's done both now. Gomez at the time was a #1 C like you pointed out. The Canucks traded Cam Neely for Barry Pederson. So to laugh at me when trades like that have actually gone down makes you guys homosexuals.
Doesn't look stupid to me. At the time it would have been stupid.
Maybe stupid isn`t the right word, but you know what I ment. It`s not the first time and certainly not the last time comment like this was made and then the whole situation changed. It`s the same with drafting, so I hope Lou & Conte know how it goes...
I made this thread just for a fun "what if", not to point out how silly people were at the time for thinking Gomez > Datsyuk.
I pointed out people's opinions at the time because if you came to the proposal today without context, you'd think it was crazy. Datsyuk at the time hadn't blossomed as a #1 center, and the Wings hadn't done much in the playoffs since 2002. Gomez, on the other hand, had just put up 55, 70 and 84 points in the three previous seasons, and had taken over the #1 center spot on the team.
Today, though, Datsyuk seems destined for the Hall of Fame. People questioned Datsyuk's competitiveness / grit back then. Turns out, Datsyuk has grit in spades. Gomer, otoh...who knew?
He is the villian. And I believe he has character issues.
All you need to know about Gomez is he didn't get along with Burns. That says everything to me about his ethic.
Well a lot of players didn't get along with Burns. That was at the core of Burns' coaching style and why most of his coaching stints were short with effectiveness wearing off after a couple years. Unfortunately we never got to that point with Burns.
Now not saying you are wrong about Gomez, just that not getting along with Burns isn't the best of reasonings.