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For some reason, the Islanders tried to trade for Scott Gomez

Mar 6, 2012, 12:34 PM EDT

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Scott Gomez isn’t what you’d call a prolific scorer nor would you say he’s even a top player anymore. Considering how bad things have been for him in Montreal, you’d imagine he’d want to get out of town. Luckily for him, he did draw trade interest from at least one team.

Sun Media tells the story about how for all of Gomez’s issues in Montreal he wasn’t willing to leave town quite so easily.

One obstacle to a trade is Gomez has a limited no-trade clause in his contract, and he balked when the Canadiens tried to trade him to the New York Islanders.

Wait, hang on. The Islanders wanted to get Scott Gomez and Gomez told them no? C’mon Scott, they were obviously impressed by you breaking your over year-long goal drought against them.

It was almost the perfect marriage out of convenience. It was a simple deal that Pierre Gauthier would’ve been hailed as a hero for in Montreal for getting rid of Gomez’s contract while Isles fans would’ve shaken their heads over Garth Snow getting snookered into taking it on himself.

Oh, what could have been.

  1. davebabychreturns - Mar 6, 2012 at 12:37 PM

    His cap hit is 50% higher than his salary in the next two seasons, do the math.

  2. bcisleman - Mar 6, 2012 at 12:43 PM

    Don’t know how solid this story is, but there is a logic to it. Gomez’s main issue until this year has been that he has been a vastly overpaid 2nd line center who had decent production numbers. The ridiculous salary actually would be a benefit to the Isles who need a good 2nd line center until Ryan Strome is ready and need help reaching the cap floor. Some unthinking fans might shake their heads at that, but it would actually have been a good move hockey and cap-wise…depending on what, if anything it would have cost the Isles in assets.

    • davebabychreturns - Mar 6, 2012 at 12:47 PM

      It’s a good move for a team looking to spend as little as possible. You could probably get more for $5m than Scott Gomez has had to offer this year, but you probably couldn’t get that player for nearly nothing on the trade market.

      Still I’d probably take Gomez over say a player like Brian Rolston.

      • bcisleman - Mar 6, 2012 at 5:14 PM

        On its face, this and the Rolston move both seem reasonable. Neither is a perfect player, but both could help and would cost little or nothing in assets. A gamble as to how either player would turn out. Rolston’s 10-11 numbers were better than Hunts for both previous seasons combined. Main problems with MTL & Gomez were what they gave up for him and his contract. Neither would’ve been an issue for the Islanders.

  3. 4cupsinarow - Mar 6, 2012 at 1:17 PM

    Thank you Scott!
    Just what the Isles would have needed… Another soft player with no grit or heart. I’d rather have players like Cizikas who give everything they have on every shift playing then another teams problem.
    Enjoy your time in Montreal, Scott… They love you there.

  4. habsman - Mar 6, 2012 at 2:25 PM

    Excuse me while I throw up.

  5. nycisles - Mar 6, 2012 at 3:04 PM

    Im not buying this story for a second, what is your source?

    • icelovinbrotha215 - Mar 6, 2012 at 4:27 PM

      The internet.

      • nycisles - Mar 6, 2012 at 4:59 PM

        A problem in itself, guy

      • icelovinbrotha215 - Mar 6, 2012 at 9:59 PM

        I concur.

  6. harryinkingston - Mar 6, 2012 at 8:01 PM

    Hey davebaby you are absolutely correct with the Gomez contract. Actually for teams that may have a hard time hitting the threshold of the salary cap Scott Gomez is a very valuable commodity. You take a cap hit of 15 million over the next two years, but you actually are only, loosely used term, pay him 10 million. So a team in that situation will get credit for 5 million against the cap and spend not but one penny. Kind of sad, but so true.

  7. dubblelznhell - Mar 6, 2012 at 10:42 PM

    It’s crazy to see how much he’s dropped off in this league. He was ROY, I believe and had productive seasons in NJ.

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