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Gomez, Redden clear waivers

Jan 17, 2013, 12:56 PM EDT

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As expected, forward Scott Gomez and defenseman Wade Redden have cleared waivers. It’s now expected they’ll be bought out by the Canadiens and Rangers, respectively, and become unrestricted free agents.

Should the accelerated buyouts go ahead, Montreal and New York will still be charged the players’ full cap hits this season.

How much interest Gomez and Redden draw in free agency remains to be seen. The former had just two goals in 2011-12; the latter hasn’t played an NHL game since 2010.

However, it seems unlikely they’d drive a hard bargain in negotiations as they’ll still get paid their full salaries (pro-rated to account for the shortened season) by the Canadiens and Rangers.

  1. hockeyflow33 - Jan 17, 2013 at 1:04 PM

    If you’re in need of a roster spot, why not offer one of them a one year, veteran minimum deal? I’d imagine they’d take it to re-develop their market value, especially considering they’re already making big money from the buyout.

    • hockeywithdrawal - Jan 17, 2013 at 1:18 PM

      Agreed, completely.

    • misterchainbluelightning - Jan 17, 2013 at 2:44 PM

      Why take a vet min deal when you will be offered more by a second team?
      Teams will be bidding on both these players, they will get more than the min.

      • valoisvipers - Jan 17, 2013 at 3:28 PM

        Oh yeah they will be lining up for Gomez. What world are you from bluelightning?

      • hockeyflow33 - Jan 17, 2013 at 3:32 PM

        Because there simply isn’t the demand for them. Obviously the first issue is their performance the last few seasons and secondly, how many teams still need players?

      • misterchainbluelightning - Jan 17, 2013 at 4:05 PM

        When Jordin Tootoo can get 1.9 million on a 3 year commitment. Both Redden and Gomez will get more than the league minimum.

        Some of you pretend that these guys were 0 goals, 0 assists and a minus 50 last year.

        What world are you from thinking that either is playing for the absolute least just because they were over-paid for years?

      • hockeyflow33 - Jan 17, 2013 at 7:29 PM

        Well Redden did have those point totals since he didn’t play in the NHL last season and Gomez had more PIMs, (14), than points, (11), last season while playing in less than half the games.
        Any GM would be foolish to not be cognizant of the fact that they are already receiving very high salaries.

      • misterchainbluelightning - Jan 18, 2013 at 12:17 PM

        Ya Ya, So Redden already has 2 teams bidding for his services. SO Like I said he won’t be making the Min. So you all be sure to come back here and tell me how wrong you were.

      • misterchainbluelightning - Jan 18, 2013 at 4:17 PM

        800,000 pro-rated for this year isn’t the league min. is it?

      • hockeyflow33 - Jan 18, 2013 at 5:10 PM

        it’s within what I was thinking

  2. bhawksrule - Jan 17, 2013 at 1:30 PM

    Blackhawks should try to pick him up , need that 3rd/4th line center depending if bolland stays on 2nd line.
    1yr/1mill see what happens?

    • bhawksrule - Jan 17, 2013 at 1:31 PM

      Gomez, that is.

  3. gi0lui - Jan 17, 2013 at 1:51 PM

    I gotta believe Gomez would be a good fit somewhere. I’m sure he wants to be in the game but will be cautious about who he signs with. Since the money side is basically a non factor, to a large extent, he can focus on teams where he feels he’d be in more of a position to succeed/excel in realizing his potential.

    • valoisvipers - Jan 17, 2013 at 4:01 PM

      “he can focus on teams where he feels he’d be in more of a position to succeed/excel in realizing his potential.”
      giOui Give your head a shake. Do you really think Gomez will have a choice of teams. He had trouble getting a gig in Alaska.

      • windmiller4 - Jan 17, 2013 at 6:09 PM

        Gomez had no problem getting a spot on the Aces, and he had no troubles keeping it as he had 13 points in 11 games. You seem to be forgetting he was once a calder trophy winner, and stanley cup winner. He may not be as good as he used to be, but he sure isn’t as useless as you believe he is.

  4. phillyphanatic77 - Jan 17, 2013 at 1:59 PM

    I’d like the Flyers to look into Redden for the vets minimum. He would have been playing in the NHL if not for his bulbous cap hit. I still think he’s better than Lilja or Bruno Gervais. We could use the depth.

    • jaredphi - Jan 17, 2013 at 3:07 PM

      I don’t want the Flyers to acquire Redden.

      I deffo agree he’s better than Lilja or Gervais and I agree we need D-man depth, but I’d rather claim Adam Pardy off of waivers from Buffalo (he was put on waivers today) or perhaps make a trade with the Islanders for Visnovsky (since it’s obvious Lubomir doesn’t want to play for the Isles), who we could probably get from NY for next-to-nothing after the fiasco he’s put their club through….

  5. kitshky - Jan 17, 2013 at 2:13 PM

    Redden. (Gomez? …meh)

    How could a contender NOT benefit from a reasonably priced Redden?

  6. habsman - Jan 17, 2013 at 2:39 PM

    Leafs. One year league min. prove me contract.

  7. killacam42 - Jan 17, 2013 at 2:58 PM

    Seems to me the Canucks, who are really hurting at Center right now, could take a flier on him.. and if they’re willing to spend 700k on Cam Barker, why the hell not float a mil for Redden???

  8. valoisvipers - Jan 17, 2013 at 3:34 PM

    A GM would need to have a death wish if he were to sign Gomez.
    How do you “if” “and” “but” your way out of that hiring.

    • windmiller4 - Jan 17, 2013 at 6:12 PM

      Pretty simple, you sign him to a one year deal, and put him on the second or third line and see how well he fares. It would basically be a 48 game tryout. This is the perfect time to take a flyer on him because of the shortened season.

      • valoisjoeybfeld69 - Jan 17, 2013 at 6:47 PM

        The guy can’t even crack the line up of the worse team in the eastern conference you want to put him on the 2nd or 3rd line??????

      • windmiller4 - Jan 17, 2013 at 6:56 PM

        You do realize that he didn’t make their lineup because of his contract, not his skill, right? He could be a very good fit somewhere, for the right price, it just didn’t work out in MTL. And please don’t call them the worst team in the east, i’m no Canadians fan, but i’m smart enough to see that they just had a bad season, plain and simple. Subban didn’t progress, Markov was injured, Camalerri wasn’t producing and got traded, and so on. They will have a bounce back year

      • valoisjoeybfeld69 - Jan 17, 2013 at 8:42 PM

        So, he’s good enough to help the team win and make the playoffs, but they rather pay him 3 million bucks this year not to play. And another 3 million bucks over the next 2 years to get out of town. What is it that I don’t understand that you do?

      • valoisjoeybfeld69 - Jan 17, 2013 at 8:48 PM

        if they just had a bad year why did Mr. Molson proceed with an overhaul of the hockey management? Seems like a drastic measure for a team who just had a bad year. Yes?

  9. valoisjoeybfeld69 - Jan 17, 2013 at 4:13 PM

    Why would you have Gomez take the place a young player? He doesn’t add value at all. Listen, the guy is being released by the team that finished last in the East Conf.

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