They would have to add 2 out of the following: 1st or Gallagher or Tinordi. A 5th line center with a bottom 6F, that you probably though it would be Bourque, doesn't get you a #2. Not a #$%^ing chance.
Both players have massive contracts, and have been struggling with their current teams. A change of scenery could help both players a lot.
Montreal adds another defenseman while Calgary gets a center and we all know that Calgary needs centers.
Montreal would obviously have to add a bit, maybe a bottom 6 forward or a prospect.
I'm a Habs fan and out of common decency I wouldn't do this trade. The Flames get shafted something fierce. Bouwmeester is a good to very good piece for Calgary. Gomez is.... well this site doesn't allow obscenities.
Difference between Redden and Gomez is that Redden is still a player who could play in the NHL on a bottom pairing it is just his contract is holding him back.
Gomez well we all know what he is.
Yea, but if NYR are willing to bury Redden, they'd be willing to bury Gomez. They both have two years remaining, with 10M of actual salary left. So from the Rangers point of view, having either of the two buried in the minors accounts to the same thing. Montreal may have to throw in a late round pick or something, but that's about it.
At the end of the day, depending on the terms of the next CBA, Gomez will be buried in the minors or be a compliance buyout or traded to a team needing to reach the cap floor. Calgary really isn't a viable option, although he might be worth a look for them on a tryout basis if Gomez is bought out.
If the Flames wanted to move Bouwmeester they could still do it with a "real hockey trade" and get good assets back. They wouldn't have to take an albatross deal like Gomez's. Or at least, not such a large albatross. Depending on the teams, there might be some natural cap-balancing elements of the deal, but it wouldn't be taking on a pure dump like Gomez.
Anyway, I'm ok with retaining Gomez for the Habs too. In the increasingly unlikely event that there is any NHL hockey this season, he will get another chance at redemption at a point in time when, again, it doesn't really hurt us to give him that chance. And then he'll either regain some value (unlikely IMHO) or he'll be in a better place to buy out than he has been to date. The Habs would never need to pile up assets just to move Gomez. He's harmless now.