New York Rangers Trade Scott Gomez To Montreal; Heatley Acquisition Imminent?

Greg CaggianoSenior Writer IJune 30, 2009

WASHINGTON - APRIL 28: Scott Gomez #19 of the New York Rangers skates the puck past Tom Poti #3   of the Washington Capitals during Game Seven of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinal Round of the 2009 Stanley Cup Playoffs on April 28, 2009 at the Verizon Center in Washington,  DC.  (Photo by Len Redkoles/Getty Images)

In just a matter of moments, the New York Rangers went from salary cap hell through purgatory to end up in heaven. A report from RDS confirmed that the Rangers have sent center Scott Gomez to the Montreal Canadiens for winger Chris Higgins.

This move comes as a bit of a shock to me personally as I thought his contract would be unmovable. The Rangers are now almost sure to land Dany Heatley because of this move and may swap Higgins out to get him.

I am now also hearing whispers of a move to get Vinny Lecavalier from Tampa Bay, which now makes more sense since the franchise now has the cap room.

Also, in order to get Heatley, Rozsival will be moved. Imagine, two of the worst contracts in the NHL being dealt on the same day. For Ranger fans, this will be one of the happiest days in recent memory.

I am happy that I stuck by Glen Sather and I have said in the past he is a magician at trades and this shows he is a genius. If he can only land a superstar later tonight or tomorrow, it will be confirmed.

Please excuse the briefness of this article, but not all the information is known yet. The Rangers it seems have also acquired Doug Janik in the deal and have dealt Michael Busto along with Tom Pyatt as well. We won't know all the details until later tonight when you can expect my full report.

Greg Caggiano is a writer on Bleacher Report covering the New York Rangers. He has a New York area sports teams blog called Metro-Sports, where you can read great articles about all professional sports teams that play in the area by a dedicated team of young writers.