Gomez will be overpaid

Several years ago, Bobby Holik was a third line center shutdown specialist who helped his devils win the 2000 Stanley Cup. He was impressive enough that the infamously free spending Rangers gave him a gigantic raise and tried using him on the top 2 lines as a scorer as well.

It didn’t work, and he was eventually bought out, his reputation has just now recovered but none will forget. This was one of many scenarios that made the salary cap possible. Holik and many others were deemed as wildly overpaid and something had to be done, Bettman did, and we are now in the third free agent signing period since the cap has been in place, and it seems to be heading right back to where we started.

Case in point is Scott Gomez.

A somewhat consistently productive center for the Devils since 99-00. Hes had 70 points twice, and cracked 80 points just once. Hes played with Alexander Mogilny and this year played between two 40 goal men in Elias and Gionta. It is the general consensus around the league that this guy is gonna go for 5 million at the very least, and with a potential bidding war, he could end up in the 6.5 range. Gomez could potentially go to a new team, score his usual 70 points and be considered an overpaid bust, when he is really doing nothing different than whats made him succesful these last 7 years.

It’s a no win situation and the league will be one step closer to the pre cap era. Hopefully this is just the first few bugs being worked out, and that the GMs around the league will learn as Kevin Lowe did that sometimes, the price is just too high, no matter how popular a player is.

Good luck Scott Gomez, you will need it.


11 Responses to Gomez will be overpaid

  1. Glucker says:

    this is news? ALL UFAs will be overpaid

  2. thegoalie1976 says:

    GM's should follow Kevin Lowe's example (Ryan Smyth contract). Offer what is fair, and if the player gets greedy – let them walk.

    If all the teams did this, money would not be as large of a factor for UFA's. They would have to be convinced by the teams chance of winning, icetime, existing players, franchise operations, and overall city appeal.
    The team offering the above criteria most desirable by the player would win.

    IMO all it takes is a couple of stupid GM's to overpay a few players, and the whole marketplace is ruined.

  3. beefjerky says:

    Totally agree, owners/gms seem to be forgetting the lockout that they caused by offering ridiculous contracts that they couldn't afford. I guess they don't really care, somehow the fans were convinced it was the players' fault for asking for too much money…as if they owners care more about hockey. Where are those reduced ticket prices that everybody thought was inevitable?

    Anyway, Im not an Oilers fan, but that was a damn ballsy move to let Smyth walk and it made sense when you think of the big picture. Unfortunately, there will always be somebody to offer more money.
  4. LeafyMcLeaf says:

    I posted the stats on hockeyleaks. I'm not going to bother reposting it, but Kyle Wellwood had a better season.

  5. Glucker says:

    lol, i know, i've been saying the kid could have gotten 80 points this year… other ppl say he'll never pass 70 =.= ppl are dumb

  6. habs_punk says:

    Wellwood only played 48 games. Yes he had a better ppg than Gomez, but he only played just over half the season. The chances are very slim that if Wellwood had have stayed healthy the whole season, he would have kept that pace up, especially considering his size and the injuries to other Leafs. Gomez has proven he can keep up that 70+ point pace over a full season on a number of occasions. With him, you know what you're getting. With Wellwood, you've got a projected pace of 4 more points than Gomez (if they both played a full season), and that's it. Wellwood would not have hit 80 points this year. He was playing above his head and had a very good ppg when he got injured, but there is no way it would have kept up. I like Wellwood, and I do believe he will become an 80-85 point player in the NHL, but it wouldn't have been this year and it very likely won't be next year. Right now, Gomez is the better player, there is no doubt about it whatsoever.

  7. tucksfan says:

    every player in the league is over paid 5 million a year to play a sport is alot.

  8. Glucker says:

    lol, yea, if i where in the NHL i wouldnt be asking for more then minimum.

  9. Pedro says:

     If he gets less then six, I would be shocked.

  10. BruMagnus says:

    I guess you have no concept of NFL or MLB or even moreso European Soccer salaries then do you?

    There's something called economics and supply and demand. Look it up. You may learn something.

  11. dmckay01 says:

    your talking about transfer fees, which can be several million £, salaries in soccer are still less then major league baseball, and for the most part, the NFL, also if your talking about economics, consider the revenues of those leagues in comparison to the NHL, the broadcasting rights for the EPL alone just sold for 2.2 billion £'s, so if you look at it from a financial standpoint, hockey players still make disproportionate salaries when weighed against league revenue

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