Is Gomez Available? Do the Hawks need a Back-up Goalie? McLeod on Block?

(Dec. 31st) While the Devils continue to ride their defense and Martin Brodeur’s goaltending, another star forward is said to be the focus of yet more trade talk. According to the NY Post, Scott Gomez has joined Patrik Elias and Joe Nieuwendyk among those mentioned prominently this season as Devil trading material.

(Dec. 31st) The Blue Jackets have until June to sign center Kiel McLeod, one of the team’s touted, second-round picks in the 2001 draft. It appears, however, that the Jackets are done negotiating. According to a article, word is the Blue Jackets have put McLeod on the trading block. If this is not a leverage ploy – and it doesn’t appear to be – then it is a strong indication that the Jackets have had enough of a maddening situation. The Blue Jackets wanted McLeod in Columbus or Syracuse this season. Contract terms could not be reached. McLeod reportedly turned down a $750,000 signing bonus and a three-year contract believed to be worth $1.9 million at the major-league level. The offer was also laced with performance bonuses. It’s the biggest contract ever put forth for the perusal of the 53rd overall pick.

(Dec. 31st) The Chicago Blackhawks are in the market for a realible backup goalie. According to the Chicago Daily Herald, Hawks general manager Mike Smith has been looking for a veteran backup goalie to give starter Jocelyn Thibault some rest in the second half of the season.

In My Opinion

Do the Devils really need to put All 3 players on the block? I mean, sure, maybe the striggling Nieuwendyk, or someone like Danton to demanded a trade before January the 13th. Putting players on the block to me, doesn’t mean it’s going to be guarenteed, but a possiblility. I would go after a Alexei Kovalev who most people say will not be affordable money comes offseason. Then, again there is arbitration, but would Kovie go for that? No one knows. If your going to give up players like Elias, Nieuwendyk, you shouldn’t rent the player you trade for. It wouldn’t make sense to give superstars to get superstars, then leave them and have no superstars for the next season. The Avalanche were smart for renting Kaspar, cause you didn’t have to give up much in order to get him (I can’t remember the trade, I’ve heard it was unfair) then he’d sign with another team (New York Rangers) for alot more money and play alot worse rying to make up for the salary. I would suggest a trade to look similar to this.

New Jersey Gets: Kovalev, 1st pick, prospect

Pittsburgh Gets: Gomez, Elias

This would defineately add depth on the Pittsburgh roster and only have to pay them 4 – 5 million together, that’s if Elias gets 2 – 3 million which I think, correct me if I’m wrong thank-you. New Jersey would get a superstar, and 2 future players. Kovie is likely to ask for 7 – 8 million this offseason and that’s only a few extra million then there previous 5 million they would used to pay Elias and Gomez. I’d keep Neiuwendyk for depth reasons, Danton, just let him play in Albany or trade him for a prospect I guess. This trade should be affordable for both teams, just one litle problem, who will fill one of the empty spots on the jersey roster? I think it’s time to bring that Berglund dude in if he isn’t already brought in. I don’t know, we’ll leave that for debate.

Passmore is a good back-up in my belief, but the Blackhawks do need a back-up to give Thibault a break in the new year so I personally would go after the likes of a veteran goalie such as maybe Tugnutt, Legace, Shields, Snow, Hackett, or maybe Kidd. Hackett would probably be the best choice, but he costs too much, so maybe a Garth Snow or Steve Shields. We’ll just ahve to wait and see.

Thank-you for your time.