Did Scott Gomez reject a trade to the NY Islanders? Will Marty Turco clear waivers and join the Bruins today?
NBCSPORTS.COM: Joe Yerdon cited a Toronto Sun report which claimed Montreal Canadiens forward Scott Gomez used his limited “no-trade” clause to prevent the Canadiens from trading him to the NY Islanders. The report also claimed there was an outside chance the Habs might be able to move him this summer to a team seeking to use up cap space, but it’s expected they’ll either buy out the remaining two years of his contract, or bury him in the minors.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: No word from the Islanders on this story, but with John Tavares, Frans Nielsen and Marty Reasoner at center, they had little reason to add Gomez, plus there’s no need for the Isles to take on that much salary simply to fill cap space at this point in the season. As for the anticipated increase in the cap for next season, that’s expected to drop in the next CBA, as the league will almost certainly get the PA to agree to decrease their share of revenue from 57 percent down to a likely 50-50 split. Furthermore, there could be an amnesty buyout period at the start of the next CBA, which the Canadiens will use to buyout Gomez without incurring any hit to their cap space.
ESPN BOSTON: Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli believes there’s a 50-50 chance Marty Turco will clear waivers by noon ET today to join the Bruins. Turco was signed by the Bruins to a one-year, pro-rated contract, but needs to clear waivers first.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: One club which could put in a claim on Turco are the Tampa Bay Lightning, who lost goalie Mathieu Garon to injury last night.