Posted 28 June 2013 - 12:33 PM
You know, it's a shame. If he had stuck with the Devils and stayed in the system I think he could've become a very, very special player.
Instead, he chased the dollar, and, at times, was the laughing stock of the NHL.
I said this a while ago, but in the interviews I've seen and heard of Gomez, he doesn't come off as a guy who's terribly bright, and kind of a doofus. I think the Devils had a better handle on how to handle Gomez's "doofus-ish-ness" better than anyone else. Unfortunately, I think he was a guy who was easily tricked/manipulated, and when Glen Sather basically told him that the Devils didn't know how to use him and that he would flourish with the Rangers in a way that he never had never been "allowed" to with the Devils, Gomer quickly bought in...and of course, Sather has long been making the classic GM mistake of "Let me sign the best available free agent(s) of a given class to superstar dollars, whether they are or not, and hope that they perform like superstars."
What's also sad is that I don't think Gomer ever worked terribly hard at his craft...I think most of what he accomplished was due to sheer talent. And I don't think he got nearly as much out of that talent as he could have.
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[Mark Messier]: A big, bald attention whore with a stupid Easter Island-lookin face. - from who else? DaneykoIsGod!
Even when Marty comes back maybe Larry should put Clemmensen to be on the goal during the shootouts.
Can the coach do that ? Switch the goalies 5 seconds to go in overtime? - Most priceless quote ever posted on a message board.
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It's easy to support a great player when he's playing at his very best. It takes a true fan to support that same player during those rare moments and stretches when he's not. Babe Ruth went 0-4 some games, and sometimes Wayne Gretzky was held pointless. There may be such a thing as greatness, but no such thing as absolute perfection every single night.
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