My inside source has now told me that the Rangers are officially trying to shop center Scott Gomez in order to free up cap space. Not only will a trade free up enough space for Mats Sundin, but will also add wingers and give the team more depth.
The trade could play out in one of these three ways
1) As reported by hockey buzz, Gomez to Vancouver is probably the most likely and even of the three scenarios in this article. In exchange for Gomez, the Rangers would get one of the Sedin twins, adding another Swede to a lineup that will soon add Mats Sundin.
2) Gomez gets traded to the Minnesota Wild in exchange for Marian Gaborik. The Wild have said they want him signed or traded before training camp and to be frank, if they know they're going to lose him, Gomez isn't a bad player to be getting back in return. Gomez is familiar with a defensive style that Jacques Lemaire coaches and will add speed to an already fast Wild lineup.
3) The final situation is an even bigger blockbuster then the first two. The Rangers trade Gomez and Petr Prucha to the Los Angeles Kings in exchange for Anze Kopitar and Patrick O'Sullivan. Sounds crazy right? Think again. The Kings aren't even at the salary floor and by taking on Gomez's large and long-term deal, it will fulfill that need. He will also add leadership to a very young team along with Prucha who could experience a renaissance in Hollywood. The Rangers in exchange get superstar Kopitar and scrappy and skilled youngster O'Sullivan.
Why trade Gomez?
It's the million dollar question and originally I thought it was ridiculous until my inside source opened my eyes. How good can Gomez really be with no ultra-talented wingers at his side? Sure Zherdev is skilled, but he is also untested.
By trading Gomez, they will get skilled wingers to go with one of the best centers of the last decade, Mats Sundin, who the team will now be able to sign.
The main reason why this makes sense is the following: what good is having all these skilled centers and no wingers?
The Rangers are in other words "screwed" when it comes to forwards and the salary cap and it's time to get some room. This trade will allow for that to happen, and just look at the free agent wingers on the market in the next few off seasons; Kovalchuk and Gaborik to name a couple.
These could be possible line combinations if the trade with Los Angeles (my personal favorite) works out.
It's a deal I would be reluctant to make, but it is also necessary. Not only to be better financially, but better set to make a Cup run.