Not only is Chris Higgins heading to the Rangers for Scott Gomez, Bob Gainey is sending Ryan McDonagh and Pavel Valentenko along with him.
Trading Higgins for Gomez is one thing, because you are basically doing the Rangers a favour by grabbing that ridiculous contract. But to throw in one of your top defensive prospects, even if he's not developping the way you would have liked, is simply way too much to pay for a player of Gomez's calibre.
Along with Gomez the Habs are getting centre Tom Pyatt, a fourth round pick from 2005 who was in the ECHL as recently as two years ago and has never played an NHL game, and defenceman Michael Busto, who went undrafted and has never even played in the AHL.
I don't want to rush to judgment too soon, but this could really blow up in Gainey's face.
More later, once I've been able to process this.