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Five years later, Gomez trade still haunts Montreal

May 19, 2014, 9:03 AM EDT

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Every now and then, a trade goes so wrong for a team that it negatively impacts the franchise for years to come. In June 2009, the Montreal Canadiens made such a deal when they acquired Scott Gomez as part of a seven-player trade.

It’s a move easy to criticize in hindsight, but even at the time it was questionable as Gomez came with an annual cap hit of roughly $7.4 million through the 2013-14 campaign. In the end, Gomez tanked so badly in Montreal that the team refused to let him play last season, for fear that he might get hurt before Montreal could use an amnesty buyout on him. The NHL and players association got together to allow the Canadiens to buy him out early as a compromise.

And yet, even with him gone that trade still haunts them because one of the players they gave up, 2007 first round pick Ryan McDonagh, has flourished with the Rangers. In Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Final, the 24-year-old defenseman gave the Canadiens a taste of what they missed out by scoring a goal and three assists in the Rangers’ 7-2 victory.

For McDonagh, this isn’t about getting revenge for being traded. He has long since moved and “it’s all about (the Rangers) now,” per the Toronto Star.

It could have been all about Montreal, and while the Canadiens have a great team regardless, that’s one trade they have to regret.

  1. chip56 - May 19, 2014 at 9:24 AM

    Even though the other three players the Rangers got in that deal (Chris Higgings, Pavel Valetanko and Doug Janik) busted that’s still probably the best trade Glen Sather has made as Rangers GM.

    • joey4id - May 19, 2014 at 11:33 AM

      Probably! But! What other GM in their right mind would not have made this trade, which is probably the worst one in Habs’ history.

      • bbk1000 - May 19, 2014 at 5:53 PM

        Well, now that you ask, the aforementioned GM…..what’s why Rangers fans are so surprised….

  2. johnstone17 - May 19, 2014 at 9:29 AM

    I’ll take that trade one for one any day. Where is Scott Gomez these days?

    • cmb79 - May 19, 2014 at 9:42 AM


  3. billiam55 - May 19, 2014 at 9:38 AM

    one of the greatest trades by Glen Sather. Thank you Montreal.

    • nj666 - May 19, 2014 at 11:19 AM

      who was dumb enough to give him that type of contract to begin with…

      • arrow43050 - May 19, 2014 at 12:38 PM

        yeah, especially for someone who couldn’t even stick with the devils

  4. stepanup - May 19, 2014 at 10:15 AM

    Scott Gomez must be sick of hearing this by now.

  5. infectorman - May 19, 2014 at 10:25 AM

    Can’t wait to hear the Montreal excuses for this one….
    “But…but…My dog ate my homework, There were locusts!”

    insufferable fans

  6. bct11554 - May 19, 2014 at 10:28 AM

    Will go down as the best trade in the history of the Rangers. That includes the Mess trade. Mac should be a Norris canadate for years to come

  7. rpiotr01 - May 19, 2014 at 10:31 AM

    Imagine this guy on the same team as Subban. Like the Shea Weber/Ryan Suter combo all over again.

    • trueblue69 - May 19, 2014 at 6:10 PM

      They’re gonna trade Subban to the Rangers as well!! AWESOME!!!!!!

  8. gbart22 - May 19, 2014 at 6:51 PM

    Regardless of hindsight I never not once understood it. To me they were just making it easy for the rangers to go out and buy more free agents

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