Trade Rumour: Canadiens and Panthers swap centers

Ah, yes. As we draw closer to the trade deadline we continue to hear more and more rumours unfold which spark our interest. Faster and faster the rumour mill turns as it gives us insight on possibilities of trades which may give our teams that extra boost to make it into to playoffs.

Most rumours turn out to be complete hogwash, but every now and then a rumour comes along that makes sense for both sides. Last night I come across a rumour which makes sense for both teams involved, the Montreal Canadiens and my Florida Panthers, so I thought I’d share it with you.

To Montreal: C-Stephen Weiss 3.1M UFA 2013

For

To Florida: C-Scott Gomez 7.357M UFA 2014

This trade makes sense for the Montreal Canadiens, because first of all, they get younger. Weiss is 4 years younger than Gomez, and is certainly faster. When playing alongside Cammalleri or Gionta, Weiss would provide a much quick step that Gomez would when going in on a break. Secondly, Weiss would give massive help to the Canadiens when it comes to scoring goals. Gomez, since signing with Montreal has so far scored 18 goals over the past season and a half. Whereas Weiss potted 28 goals last season alone. As for other help Weiss would provide, he has a better +/- rating than Gomez, and averages more than an extra minute a night. Weiss also has more of a physical style play than Gomez does, as he currently has 40 hits so far this season, compared to a meagre 19 put up by Scott. And of course, it provides some cap relief.

As for the Panthers, this trade also makes sense. First, the idea of a shakeup in a line up is greatly beneficial. Frankly right now, the team is struggling, and cannot find consistency in their game. Something needs to be done, and making a trade to bring in a fresh new face, would be a start for this team who will try anything to try and end their 11-year playoff drought. But, one of the most important aspects which Gomez brings to the Panthers is his leadership and experience. This Florida Panthers squad is one of the youngest teams in the NHL, they have 10 of their 13 forwards between the age of 21-30, Gomez has been around the league long enough to know what it takes to lead a team to be a success or an on-ice flop. He also brings something to the team that only Cory Stillman has ever earned; a Stanley Cup ring, thus proves he knows what it takes to be the best in the NHL, and how to gauge his team accordingly. Though Weiss may have more points this season, and have more goals since Gomez joined Montreal, Scott has shown that he is a good point producer who is just struggling as of late, and a change of scenery may be just what the doctor ordered.

So, as you can see, this trade is a good move for both teams, minus the glaring 3M the Panthers would take on with Gomez salary, but no doubt they would work on a way to iron out the wrinkles and make this trade fit. Again, I am not saying this trade will go through as it is just one of many trade rumours swirling about, but it certainly makes sense for both sides.

So, with all that being said what do you think, if you were Gauthier or Tallon, would you execute the trade? Is this enough, or could it be a good start to help push these two into the playoffs?

Adam Reid
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9 Comments

feuerfrei514's picture

i would accept this in a second if i was gauthier, Weiss is a good player and could provide the size and physicality we need and at the same time he can also put up some number so from the habs perspective this would seem like a no brainer.

For the panthers, I understand the desire to bring in a veteran forward with cup experience, But i would personally not take this deal. Gomez has struggled all the time since signing that ridiculous deal with the rangers.

End result if i was gauthier " YES" if I was Tallon " NOOOOOOOO"

but since i like the habs ultra YES

Adam Reid's picture

As for size, both Gomez and Weiss are the same, infact Gomez is actually a little heavier. But, no doubt the physicality aspect is all Weiss, he digs hard for the puck, and drives the net moreso than Gomez does because he knows he is dependant on to score goals.

I also agree that Gauthier would do it in a heartbeat, it is a really good upgrade for them, but for Tallon, hes a smart man, and he would definately have a way to make sure Gomez produces in Florida. Its moreso a shakeup for the Panthers, who right now would do anything to string a few wins together and make a playoff push.

Either way, on February 2nd, which is the second game back from the allstar game shall be interesting as the two clubs play each other, all eyes will be on these two.

JHabs's picture

Just curious, Where, how did you come across a rumor like this?

And if Gauthier would pull off this deal it would be every Habs fan's wet dream. Its an absolute no brainer, and a retarded backwards move for a team like the Panthers, I can't see this even coming close to happening, nor do I even believe this has any truth to it. I think if Tallon heard this deal he would have laughed and hung up the phone.

So I'm curious where did you get this rumor?

Adam Reid's picture

I don't consider it that much of a lopsided deal, the Panthers need guidance, they're only experienced guy is Cory Stillman, and he doesn't have half the skill Gomez would bring to the team. Gomez is a very underrated player, sure he underachieving in Montreal, but he actually has lots of skill, and seems to sit back sometimes and not preform as well as he could.

-As for where I found it. To be honest, I was rumour searching last night, and I come across a site with several pieces on various trades, and this one involving Weiss stood out to me the most seeing as I am a Panthers fan, I was going to write the article here but could not for the life of me find the link, so I waited, and spent hours searching for it! I thought it was a decent trade when you weigh out the options actually!

JHabs's picture
Adam Reid wrote:

I don't consider it that much of a lopsided deal, the Panthers need guidance, they're only experienced guy is Cory Stillman, and he doesn't have half the skill Gomez would bring to the team. Gomez is a very underrated player, sure he underachieving in Montreal, but he actually has lots of skill, and seems to sit back sometimes and not preform as well as he could.

-As for where I found it. To be honest, I was rumour searching last night, and I come across a site with several pieces on various trades, and this one involving Weiss stood out to me the most seeing as I am a Panthers fan, I was going to write the article here but could not for the life of me find the link, so I waited, and spent hours searching for it! I thought it was a decent trade when you weigh out the options actually!

Gomez has underachieved ever since he signed that god-forsaken contract, He is done imo, and unless hes playing with Parise and Kovalchuk on his wing he wont pass 60 points ever again. He needs a miracle, and going to the Panthers would do absolutely nothing for them, just make them take on cap which Montreal would gladly give for a 7th round pick if you asked any Habs fan.

Phil T's picture

Doesn't make any sense from a Panthers perspective.

Adam Reid's picture
Phil T wrote:

Doesn't make any sense from a Panthers perspective.

-Oh, I agree. I wrote the article because I found the rumour interesting. If I myself were to do it, I would certainly ask for atleast a pick with Gomez, to not only make up for the loss of Weiss, but the salary itself. The Panthers are in a playoff hunt as of now, but if they fade off before the trade deadline, Montreal would really want Weiss for the push, and would really love this trade, so the Panthers may give up Weiss in that situation if picks were included since Florida has done well in the draft over the past few years. Add that to the addition of Scott Gomez, and its actually not that bad!

George Prax's picture

Keep in mind Gomez has a limited NTC, so you'd have to wonder whether he'd want to go to Florida or not. I would take that deal in a heartbeat as a Habs fan, if for nothing else than the difference in age and salary.

Adam Reid's picture

Oh yeah! Thanks, Gerorge, that was something which I forgot to add in the article. Though a lot of players playing with Canadian teams, guys who had been good players, before they started trailing off into the sunset, or hoping to find their game again usually leave Canada, and all the media attention and move down south. A great example of this would be Bryan McCabe, and Ed Belfour, sure they loved Toronto, but they done mighty fine in Florida, McCabe became captain and Belfour preformed almost better than he did when he was the stellar goaltender in Toronto. Gomez just may welcome a move down south!