No it isn't. Legwand's UFA in a year.
I don't like the trade as it addresses none of our needs, creates a gaping hole at 1st line center, and basically destroys our offense since Gionta is dependent on Gomez. Last year was a fluke for him - you take Gomez out of this offense and Gionta's a 30 goal scorer.
I think the Devils will waive Jason Wiemer, they will trade Sergei Brylin, Vladimir Malakhov, and Alexander Mogilny, and they'll have room to sign the 2nd line center they need, if they can find him on the open market.
I can't remember the last time Lou traded for a prospect in a deal like this - usually he's adding one.
The idea is not to get a player who is a legitimate 1st line center, but somebody who wouldn't look out of place for the time being. The Devils would be EXTREMELY lucky if they can add another player at all, much less a second line center. Legwand only makes 1.5 million, and is doubtful that he would get a much higher raise. Plus he does have offensive skills. I truly believe the Devils can survive this season with somebody like Legwand centering Elias.
The other players I had in mind were Kyle Calder and Jarret Stoll.
my point, with the names i tossed out there, was that gomer is a #1 center, behind him we have nothing better than a mediocre #3 and some hope for a couple of guys that may some day develop into solid #2's (if parise was a solid #1 candidate he would have shown us more last season - i'm not counting him out, but based on his rookie year, i'm projecting solid #2 for him, and after him, prospects are just that, "prospects", until they suit up and bring it to the nhl level, you can't know what they'll be (see past top 5 pick busts that are too numerous to list out))
Which is exactly why the Devils need a center in return for the trade. Nobody will give up a player with the calibur of Gomez, especially with the bind we are in moneywise. Parise and Brylin might be able to pull off playing the 2nd line center.
So, by throwing out the names I threw out there, I was basically saying we need a home run deal in order to part with gomer - and it would be a net zero or negative payroll impact then, not to mention that none of those guys mentioned, or other comparables, are on the auction block to begin with.
But don't you see that no homerun deal will be coming? It would be a different situation if the Devils were in such bad shape capwise, Gomez would probably be untouchable, but thats just not the era the Devils are in now.
SO, it means you deal with arbitration, pay gomer what you're told to for the one year, and six months from now when your allowed to renegotiate the deal with him (Jan. '07 I believe) you lock him up for 5 years - If you can't do so before the trade deadline, then you may have to consider moving him since he could walk away, although, we certainly ran that risk with Patty this summer and although I fully believed he was a gonner, here he is in Red and Black for his career.
1. Gomez is not Elias. The Devils organization was very loyal and supportive of Patrik when he was in a time of need. It is my personal opinion that he felt he owed them something.
2. I would think that if Gomez doesn't get a long term contract now, he is almost certain to test the FA waters next offseason. When some dumb bloke GM could blow him away with a 7million dollar offer, in which case the Devils might even walk away from him.
Like someone else said, we can't keep rolling out 3 lines of guys who just plod along. Gomer has speed and hands and puck carrying/passing skills that we absolutely need in this day and age. I'd hate to put this out there, but I'd be more willing to give up Maddog, and try to shore up the defense and get a cheaper pk specialist, than I would be willing to give up gomer and his offensive potential in this new NHL.
I understand that the way Gomez breaks the trap makes life a hell of a lot easier. I wouldn't say he's an expendable asset, but at the same time I just don't think its the most vital. NJ might be one of the only teams in the league where the "3rd line" is more valuable than the first. They play the most minutes. I don't think we can afford giving up Madden with out a huge drop in the standings.
Gomez is my favorite player next to Elias, but I just don't think the money is there.