Gomez and change for Higgins and change.
Did the Habs give up too much? Is Gomez worth all that money?
Well, I don’t think anyone could have predicted this a few hours ago. Clearly talks between Tampa and Montreal died a couple days ago and so Gainey switched to plan C.. D? This may mean that the Sedins are intrigued by the recent deal Vancouver has tabled, or that they do not wish to play in Montreal – or that we’re going to be falling off of the couch in utter shock when TSN announces their signing. While I’m hesitant to celebrate given the $7.3 mil cap hit on Gomez’s deal for five years, the Canadiens have added a consistent play maker, who is an excellent defender, and automatically makes us better down the middle. Context will be everything when it comes to this trade. We gave up very little. Higgins barely had a roster spot at the end of last season. Basically we traded a 3rd liner for a 1st. His spot can be filled cheaper by one of the youngsters (with any luck Sergei has a strong season). As for McDonaugh – he was still far enough away that he really didn’t figure into the Habs plans, especially given Montreal’s deep pool of defensive prospects.
If this is the end of the news for this offseason, we’re in trouble. However, Gomez is a definite upgrade from any of our Centres from last year. Keep the news coming Bob.. just know that you lost a lot of wiggle room on this one.
Fire gainey. He must be sniffing glue.
Im happier about Higgins being gone. If Gomez performs the way he did last year, it’s a bust. But he has the potential to be an offensive force as he has proven in recent years….I guess we’ll see.
The truth will come out in the next few days as to what was truly available. If the Sedins were gone, then there is really no other option than to trade for a centre. Look at Puckdaddy’s list of free agent centres: http://sports.yahoo.com/nhl/blog/puck_daddy/post/Good-Bad-Ugly-The-top-10-free-agent-centers;_ylt=AoinBMmUVGdngfNGJOaxAT97vLYF?urn=nhl,173766
The fact that 2 of the 10 names our our centres from last season (aged 35 and 39 respectively) is not good. Add to that list Leaf cast-offs Antropov, Moore and Sundin and you have a steaming pile of crap available this year at centre outside of Hank Sedin.
Given our definite need to get better down the middle Gainey was left with one option given that our only asset is capspace (who would YOU trade for on our roster not named Markov?). Gainey used his capspace and made a major upgrade from Higgins in Gomez. In order to make a deal like this, you need to have a willing partner who desperately needs capspace – AND has a quality centre that they no longer want. That made Gainey’s list VERY short. I say good for Bob for making the deal, and being aggressive with his assets.
The one thing that cracks me up in all of this is how Habs fans can criticize Bob for doing nothing in past years while other teams over-spend and land the top talent. For once the Habs have been assertive in their attempt to lead the pack, and people whine because he didn’t land the absolute perfect player. There are 29 other GMs in the league who are unwilling to just stand aside and give the Canadiens access to all of the top talent in the league. This FA frenzy is far from over – and Bob has sent a message to both players and GMs that he’s willing to dance.
An interesting day if nothing else for Habs fans thus far. My feeling on the Gomez situation, is that Gainey would have a lot of convincing to do in order to make people feel good about the move. I have to be honest – though I like Gomez, I have a hard time with his contract and what it does as a potential barrier moving forward. as of 5:10 we still have not heard about an extension or Kovalev, Tanguay or Koivu. Komisarek is as good as gone given that Montreal has signed Jaroslav Spacek and Hal Gill. Neither names blow you away, but they do address a need that the Habs have to get stronger (and more experienced) on D. The Defense corps for next season will read as: Markov, Hamrlik, Spacek, Gill, Gorges, O’Byrne – and most likely Weber. We still have just under 20 million to spend. On FAs with a lot of holes to fill on the forward lines.
Camalleri, Gomez, Gill, and Spacek…can’t say Bob didn’t make a splash this year. I’m saying good move…can’t be any worst off than last year. We have a first and second line center now…very surprised at these moves, but again, thinking we can only improve with these acquisitions.
With Cammalleri signed for $6 million does that leave 14 for BG to spend? I like these moves, competitive guys who are good at what they do with flexibility up front. That D looks very good to me, Gill was the shut-down guy against Detroit, impressed (and surprised me). He’s like Komisarek with experience.
I’d like to sign Kovi, Plekanec and Brian Sutherby from Dallas as our 3rd line center. Finally, if we could get Franky Beauchemin, I wwould be willing to give O’Byrne another year of seasoning.
C’mon Bob; this is fun!!
You’re right Habknot – $14M is the magic number for Bob right now. He still has a lot of work left to do. Depending on how Cammalleri will be used (he has played both centre and wing), we will not need another centre. Gomez, Cammalleri, Lapierre, and Metropolit are currently signed. If Plex is re-signed then we can assume Cammallerri is going to be a winger (which is probably better suited to his game). http://www.hockeybuzz.com/cap-central/team.php?team=MON <–is a link to the most up-to-date reflection of our roster and cap space.
You can see that our spending on defense is over. With any luck Ryan O’Byrne will learn by watching Gill. He is exactly what we need after losing Komisarek. People will question (legitimately) why Gainey let Komi walk, but after watching Gill in the playoffs last season, you get a clear example of how much his type of player should make. No offense, but a monster to move people out from Price’s crease.
Again, the story here will be told when the Habs start playing in October. If Gainey irons out the remaining pieces and the boys play well in October – the whole deadline/playoff/FA fiasco is forgotten. If they struggle, you will hear about how we missed Gaborik, Hossa, the Sedins etc.
Thanks for the link, Mats, that’s a nice site. Even if we sign our 4 RFA (about 8M, 3.5 Plek, 1.5 each the rest) that leaves 6M. Kovalev, Paulson, and we’re done. That leaves Tanguay and Lang out, which is too bad. Cammalleri is better on the wing, and all four guys you listed are small, so I’m hoping for Paulson.
Pahlsson signed by Columbus, 3yrs/8M. damn!
Begin a Bruin!?
its a good move in the short term. Higgin’s is still a young player, he is not quite in his prime yet… but i think Gomez will do good with Mike Cammalleri this Year