Flames need high end centers. The bottom 6 is not a problem for Calgary. Horak and Backlund will both be better than Gomez this year.
I agree in principle, but at this point they are short a centre, period. Ideally it would be a top 6 centre, but barring that, ANY centre would be an improvement over no centre - and Gomez does have some recent experience in the top 6. They will be platooning the ice time anyway, might as well have one more servicable player and keep them fresh.
The guy from goal line to offensive blue line is a beaut. But when he crosses that line he turns into a completely different player and has no idea what to do in an offensive situation. You guys will love him in the dressing room and on the bench, but if youre looking for any offensive output at all, you will be seriously heartbroken.
Take it from a Devils fan (the only team he ever excelled with) he NEVER was a good puck shooter. Even when he was putting up 70 point seasons. He is a playmaker.
He's branded as a playmaker, but his passing ability is not any better than his shooting ability. I don't really remember him setting a good play or making a beautiful pass that leads directly to a goal, even during his successful season in Montreal. He makes most of his points because he's one of the last 3 players who touched the puck before the goal, most often because he was the one carrying it in the offensive zone, and because he was getting a lot of powerplay time.
Thanks for a link to the first page of this thread?
Look 2 messages above mine slick. You can see the other threads title before it got merged.
And to get back on topic, I can't wait to see Gomez as a shark. He is the type of player we need to set up Wingels and TJ to give us scoring depth. He's also a really nice person Irl. Reminds me of a JR type when it comes to the fans.