So we still have 3 days till our next game and we gotta post something, so let's get back to how cancerous Perry Pearn was. Actually scratch that. Perry Pearn was clearly a huge reason why the Habs were terrible, but there is someone else who has been absent for the last 3 wins. A certain 8 million dollar centerman. A certain Alaskan Mexican. A certain Scott Gomez.
Let's put things into perspective. Scott Gomez was never gonna live up to this ludicrous contract. I don't think anybody ever really expected him to. 8M in this league should technically get you 40 goals and 100 pts, a Norris Trophy or a top 3 goalie. In Gomez, we obviously don't get any of those things. I think he has a better chance at winning the Vezina than he does getting 100pts. At best, I was hoping for 5 millions' worth, even 4. But so far, we're getting about $750K out of him. Roughly 10%. Not just in offensive productivity, but in general. He's not leading, he's not inspiring, he's not taking shots off the face, he's not giving any of his money back and unfortunately, he's not going anywhere via trade. He's actually making his linemates worse and he's the king of the neutral zone giveaway. With 2 more years on his deal after this one and a 7.3M cap hit, he's harder to move than Fat Albert. So let's stop bitching about how much he's underachieving and let's figure out what to do with him.
We really only have 2 options: Buyout or stick him in the minors, Redden style. Personally, sending him to the minors is the equivalent of Gauthier sending him to his room. Go to your room Mr. Gomez and think about what you did! No way Geoff Molson is gonna pay his full salary even if it's off the books. You're not really looking at teaching him a lesson. This is not an attitude problem, it's a skill problem. He just can't cut it anymore. I know it, you know it, vegetable lasagna knows it. And he'd still be a distraction in Hamilton. At this point, we're left with the buyout. You still get a cap hit of about 3.5, but at least he's out of your hair and you can just turn the page. Good thing Ryan McDonagh isn't doing anything. What? He's on pace for 24 goals and 40 points? And he makes 1.3M? And he's 22? And the Habs defense sucks ass? Somehow, Glen Sather seems like a jerkoff and a genius at the same time.
To make a long story short, right now, there's no room on this team for Scott Gomez, and this is a team with a guy called Mike Blunden on it. Put the salary and the politics aside, his stats and general usefullness ain't there. You can't take out Desharnais or Eller, so unless you somehow convince Gomez to show up to play 4th line minutes and shut up about it, you gotta dump him. Cut your losses. We can't sugar coat this one. It was a disaster move that set us back and the better McDonagh does in NY, the more it will hurt. It's like taking off a band-aid. Better fast than slow.
So Pierre, when you get up from your nap, get to work already and dump him.