Montreal trades Christopher Higgins, Ryan McDonagh, Pavel Valentenko & Doug Janik to New York for Scott Gomez, Tom Pyatt and Mike Busto.
Montreal landed their long sought-after #1 Centre on Tuesday, but it wasn't the Flying Frenchman that everyone expected. GM Bob Gainey felt the price was too high for Vincent Lecavalier and instead settled for an overpaid, underachieving top-line Centre. Gomez has struggled since signing in Broadway, unable to get close to the 84 points he put up in New Jersey during the 2005-2006 season.
Scott Gomez - Gomez should actually rebound in Montreal. One of the best playmakers in the game, the Habs will look to surround him with a few snipers through Free Agency. Andrei Kostitsyn is the only guy currently on their roster who can put the puck in the net. If the Habs can find a sniper or two (Kovalev would look great on Gomez's wing), Scotty could be in for a decent bounce back year. Watch to see who Montreal signs to play with him. If they get a sniper or two, look for him to finish with 75 points and draft him in rounds 4-8.
Christopher Higgins - After scoring 27 goals in 2007-2008, many thought Higgins was ready to become a perennial 30 goal man. He struggled through injuries and inconsistency this past year however and finished with just 12 goals in 57 games. The move to the Big Apple should work wonders for this speedster with a great shot. A New York native, Higgins should re-discover his game playing on one of the Rangers top two lines. He seems like a great fit to flank the Rangers' Captain Chris Drury. Look for Higgins to finish near 60 points and draft him as a great bounce back candidate in rounds 8-12.
Ryan McDonagh - A key part of this deal for the Rangers, McDonagh projects as a great stay-at-home Dman who can move the puck. Unfortunately, that type of player provides little fantasy value in normal or keeper formats.