It's just not gonna happen. And I'm not trying to be pessimistic.
But I hope that Gomez isn't put back on the 2nd line when he comes back. His ice time needs to stay at around 15 mins-ish until the end of the season. Unless he really picks up his game big time, of course, but that's an "if" I've long given up on.
Very simple, you scratch Gomez. For a guy who admitted having a terrible year and was going to come back stronger he has been just as brutal in the games he has played and right now he is hurting Eller's development. Leave him in the press box
I think if Gomez is out long enough and the team does well without him there may be a problem. I don't want to see Eller centering the 4th line when his line has been playing like they should be the 1st line...
Say what you will, it would be better to move Gionta while he still has value. He won't be good enough for a top 6 role on a playoff team by the end of his contract, and it will be a lot harder to move an underachiever at 5 million then. He'll be completely replaced by Palushaj/Gallagher before his contract is up and we can't afford to promise him a roster spot until then. Also I'd prefer to keep Moen in the top 9 with Kostitsyn and Eller, and I doubt there's any way Goat gets rid of Desharnais. If we can move Gomez and Gionta and bring in a third line center we can shift DD to wing and still have a great top 9 as well as 12 million cap space freed up.
It's not the lines, it's just a list of players in there respective positions, I think they call it a "depth chart", you might want to look into that.
Given the context that you were the poster I don't see why you think it's so far fetched for him to expect the guy who posts his preferred line-ups on a regular basis to be... posting his preferred line-up once again.
* As good as Moen has played, Eller & Kostitsyn really don't need anyone on their line, their chemistry together is too unreal. So Gomez can slide in there and only touch the puck when they let him. And Moen is much better suited for the 4th line than Gomez.