First dominos: Bouwmeester and Gomez

As you’ve already seen tonight, Calgary rolled the dice with Jay Bouwmeester and won, with a five-year contract, and Montreal got Scott Gomez from the Rangers for a package that includes Chris Higgins. Neither move should be a big surprise, although it will be interesting to see if the Gomez deal starts any trends. It’s been known, since the trade deadline, that players such as Gomez, Smyth and Briere are there for the taking, by teams that want to take on enormous contracts, but will other guys get moved?

A quick communication with Dean Lombardi didn’t yield much tonight. When I jokingly asked what big deal he had in the works, he said that he and his staff were “just preparing our fall backs” tonight,” which is pretty standard. Should be a fun day tomorrow. I’ll do my best to stay on top of things, starting in the morning.

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