Gomez for Higgins (UPDATE: Heatley (NOT) on his way)

June 30, 2009, by

That will shed some salary.

Wow. Way to go Slats.

More later, I’ll analyze the finances.

Guess this means no Heatley. Dubi stays for now.
Update 5:25pm: Details are in:

To Mtl: Gomez, Tom Pyatt, Mike Busto
To NYR: Higgins, Ryan McDonagh, Pavel Valentenko, Doug Janik

Salary dump, and a steal of one. Wow. Great job Slats.

Update 5:30pm: McDonagh was Montreal’s 1st round pick in 2007.

Update 5:35pm: Doug Janik in the deal too. Oh, and the details are on TSN, duh.

Update 5:53pm: Carp is reporting that Heatley is on his way (thanks Mike):

UPDATED, 5:31 P.M.: I’ve been told that Heatley is coming to the Rangers tonight. Not sure what the Rangers are giving up to get him, but they can fit him under the cap now.

Update 6:15pm: Lost in all this is the Rangers getting McDonagh, who was the Canadians best prospect. Sather absolutely fleeced Montreal.

Update 6:20pm: Expect more wheelin and dealin:


“We’ve got lots of cap room now, and it opens lots of options.”

Thinks Higgins will be a goal-scorer … was hurt three times last year. Likes the other two kids as future NHL players, too.

“Torts has talked about the young guys all year and we wanted to make some room for them, and we did.”

“Since this deal happened I’ve had three calls (from other teams), and it doesn’t take long for people to realize you’re going to make some changes.”

Update 8:50pm: It looks like the wheelin and dealin was just the Gomez deal. Doesn’t look like Heatley is coming to New York. I would rather the Rangers spend the cap space on a free agent scorer instead of dealing for one.

Just imagine how much more cap room they would have if they didn’t sign Redden. Sigh.


  1. bob dole says:

    Is Chris Higgins any good?…Great salary dump

  2. Dave says:

    Higgins has the potential, but he’s gotta stay healthy.

  3. Mike Axisa says:

    ESPN says a few other players were involved, no one major. Tom Pyatt, some D-man.

    • Dave says:

      Way ahead of you (twice) lol

      • Mike Axisa says:

        Yeah yeah yeah.

        I’m curious to see what happens with Heatley now. As great as he is, I’d rather see the team keep the cap flexibility.

        When is the deadline to move him before the bonus? Midnight tonight or tomorrow?

        • Dave says:

          I believe midnight tonight, as it kicks in on July 1.

          I don’t think they are going to trade for Heatley now, but go after a UFA, maybe Cammilleri.

  4. Mike Axisa says:

    Oh snap, from Carp:

    “I’ve been told that Heatley is coming to the Rangers tonight. Not sure what the Rangers are giving up to get him, but they can fit him under the cap now.”

  5. Adam says:

    just checked the msg boards – habs fans are PISSED

  6. Dave says:

    As they should be, Sather fleeced them. McDonagh was their best prospect.

    • Mike Axisa says:

      Yeah seriously. The Rangers got themselves a nice little trio of defense prospects now.

  7. Dave says:

    This sets them up nicely to package a D to get a winger. Dealing from strength to fill a weakness. Let’s hope its the right winger

  8. Stas says:

    i love this trade…believe it or not higgins draws a lot of attention and hes becoming very dangerous…and that brings the grand total of current rangers i used to play hockey with to…2!

  9. Dave says:

    Sather absolutelt fleeced Gainey here. I love it

  10. Stas says:

    still need someone who can put 30 goals in the net

  11. Dave says:

    I hear Hossa is available.