Was the Scott Gomez deal the worst trade of the Gainey era?

Posted: November 5, 2011 in Uncategorized
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It’s a tough question ’cause there were some mighty questionable deals in the years that Bob Gainey ran the Habs shop. But it’s hard not to think the trade that brought Scott Gomez from the New York Rangers to Montreal was the one move that did the most damage to the team.

With the Canadiens set to match-up against the Blue Shirts at Madison Square Garden Saturday night, it seems like an ideal time to cast a look back at that not-so-blockbuster deal. Richard Labbé has a good piece in La Presse Saturday and the title kinda says it all: ‘McDonagh fait oublier Gomez’. Labbé suggests Ryan McDonagh, who went to New York as part of the Gomez trade, has become one of New York’s most important players. This first-round pick of the Habs, who’s now 22, plays around 25 minutes a night for John Tortorella’s team, has five points in 11 games, and is one of their key blue-liners. Better yet (for New York), they saved a cool $30 million in the process.

The other guy who went to the Big Apple that fateful day in June, 2009 was Chris Higgins. It didn’t really work out in New York for the Long Island native but he has now become an important part of the Vancouver Canucks. Higgins is the Canucks leading goal-scorer this season thus far with some suggesting he’s the team’s most valuable player.

That deal also brought Tom Pyatt to Montreal and….well that didn’t work out that well for us. He didn’t find a home here and is now toiling for the Tampa Bay Lightning, where he has one assist in his first eight games.

And the main man in all this? You really need to ask? The fellow we’re paying out $30 million to has one assist in the six games he’s played this season and hasn’t put the puck in the back of the net since last February. Just how useful is Scott Gomez to the Montreal Canadiens? As soon as he leaves the line-up with an upper-body injury, the team goes on a four-game winning streak!

And the architect of this crippling trade? Well turns out he’s still somewhere deep inside the Bell Centre,  a kind of Minister Without Portfolio (or Accountability) who’s whispering in the ear of current GM Pierre “Gainey Lite” Gauthier.

Sigh.

– Brendan

 

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Comments
  1. Howard says:

    We also shipped out D-Man Pavel Valentenko.

    On June 30, 2009, Valentenko was traded along with Christopher Higgins, Doug Janik, and Ryan McDonagh to the New York Rangers for Scott Gomez, Tom Pyatt, and Michael Busto.

    Career statistics Regular season Playoffs
    Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
    2005–06 Neftekhimik Nizhnekamsk RSL 2 0 0 0 2 — — — — —
    2006–07 Neftekhimik Nizhnekamsk RSL 50 0 2 2 64 4 0 0 0 2
    2007–08 Hamilton Bulldogs AHL 57 1 15 16 58 — — — — —
    2008–09 Hamilton Bulldogs AHL 4 0 2 2 2 — — — — —
    2008–09 Dynamo Moscow KHL 8 0 1 1 8 1 0 0 0 2
    2009–10 Dynamo Moscow KHL 7 0 0 0 2 — — — — —
    2010–11 Hartford Wolf Pack/CT Whale AHL 79 5 12 17 38 6 0 0 0 12
    AHL totals 130 6 29 35 98 6 0 0 0 12

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