LeBrun: Gomez AvailableJune 8, 2009, by
Pierre LeBrun of ESPN has mentioned that the Rangers have made Scott Gomez available across the league. This shouldn’t be a surprise to many, as it was already mentioned here once, and it’s widely known that the Rangers would love to dump one of their high priced contracts. With Drury unmovable, Gomez is the more likely, even if incredibly unlikely, to be moved. In the article, LeBrun mentions the Kings as a possible destination:
The Los Angeles Kings have been linked all spring to Tampa Bay star Vincent Lecavalier, but we’re told those talks have cooled off for now. One Eastern Conference source told us Saturday the New York Rangers have made Scott Gomez available around the league, but we’re not sure how interested the Kings are in him. It’s a heck of a big contract.
LA isn’t going to be taking on Gomez’s contract, sorry. And considering the rumors that they are in the workings with TB for a deal centered about Jack Johnson and Lecavalier, that makes it even less likely. Look, if for some unknown reason the Rangers are able to deal Gomez to LA, you’re looking at a return of Michael Handzus ($4 million through 2011), and/or Tom Preissing ($2.75 million through 2011), and/or Justin Williams ($3.5 million through 2011) just for salary purposes. Yes, LA has cap room to give, but they aren’t going to take Gomez’s contract without dumping some of their own. They will need their cap room to resign players like Alex Frolov, Jack Johnson (if not in the Lecavalier deal), and any free agents they may be targeting (Hossa, Gaborik).
If any of the contracts are going to be moved, it’s Rozsival. Sorry guys. I am wishing that it were Gomez or Redden too, but it’s just not happening.