Trade Rumour: Canadiens and Panthers swap centers
Ah, yes. As we draw closer to the trade deadline we continue to hear more and more rumours unfold which spark our interest. Faster and faster the rumour mill turns as it gives us insight on possibilities of trades which may give our teams that extra boost to make it into to playoffs.
Most rumours turn out to be complete hogwash, but every now and then a rumour comes along that makes sense for both sides. Last night I come across a rumour which makes sense for both teams involved, the Montreal Canadiens and my Florida Panthers, so I thought I’d share it with you.
To Montreal: C-Stephen Weiss 3.1M UFA 2013
To Florida: C-Scott Gomez 7.357M UFA 2014
This trade makes sense for the Montreal Canadiens, because first of all, they get younger. Weiss is 4 years younger than Gomez, and is certainly faster. When playing alongside Cammalleri or Gionta, Weiss would provide a much quick step that Gomez would when going in on a break. Secondly, Weiss would give massive help to the Canadiens when it comes to scoring goals. Gomez, since signing with Montreal has so far scored 18 goals over the past season and a half. Whereas Weiss potted 28 goals last season alone. As for other help Weiss would provide, he has a better +/- rating than Gomez, and averages more than an extra minute a night. Weiss also has more of a physical style play than Gomez does, as he currently has 40 hits so far this season, compared to a meagre 19 put up by Scott. And of course, it provides some cap relief.
As for the Panthers, this trade also makes sense. First, the idea of a shakeup in a line up is greatly beneficial. Frankly right now, the team is struggling, and cannot find consistency in their game. Something needs to be done, and making a trade to bring in a fresh new face, would be a start for this team who will try anything to try and end their 11-year playoff drought. But, one of the most important aspects which Gomez brings to the Panthers is his leadership and experience. This Florida Panthers squad is one of the youngest teams in the NHL, they have 10 of their 13 forwards between the age of 21-30, Gomez has been around the league long enough to know what it takes to lead a team to be a success or an on-ice flop. He also brings something to the team that only Cory Stillman has ever earned; a Stanley Cup ring, thus proves he knows what it takes to be the best in the NHL, and how to gauge his team accordingly. Though Weiss may have more points this season, and have more goals since Gomez joined Montreal, Scott has shown that he is a good point producer who is just struggling as of late, and a change of scenery may be just what the doctor ordered.
So, as you can see, this trade is a good move for both teams, minus the glaring 3M the Panthers would take on with Gomez salary, but no doubt they would work on a way to iron out the wrinkles and make this trade fit. Again, I am not saying this trade will go through as it is just one of many trade rumours swirling about, but it certainly makes sense for both sides.
So, with all that being said what do you think, if you were Gauthier or Tallon, would you execute the trade? Is this enough, or could it be a good start to help push these two into the playoffs?