Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 04/30/11 at 09:20 AM ET
from Stu Cowan of the Montreal Gazette,
The question is, how much better can Gomez play? Since his career year in 2005-06 with the New Jersey Devils, when he posted 33-51-84 totals, Gomez hasn’t scored more than 16 goals in a season or had more than 70 points. In 158 regular-season games with the Canadiens, he has only 19 goals.
It’s unlikely the Canadiens would be able to trade Gomez because of his contract. Another option would be to send him to the American Hockey League, meaning his salary wouldn’t count against the NHL cap and Gauthier could go shopping for goal scorers.
There are a number of teams who used the AHL option this season to bury big contracts, including the New York Rangers with Wade Redden ($6.5 million), the Edmonton Oilers with Sheldon Souray ($4.5 million), the Columbus Blue Jackets with Mike Commodore ($3.8 million), the Toronto Maple Leafs with Jeff Finger ($3.5 million), the New York Islanders with Michael Nylander ($3 million) and the Calgary Flames with Ales Kotalik ($3 million).
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