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Larry Brooks has postulated that the Rangers should look into trading Scott Gomez for the underperforming Dustin Penner. Well, this is the way I look at it…

Gomez: 16 goals, 7.357 million dollar cap hit.
Cost per goal: $459,812.50

Penner: 17 goals, 4.25 million dollar cap hit.
Cost per goal: $250,000

Gomez: 58 Points, 7.357 million dollar cap hit
Cost per point: $126,844.83

Penner: 37 points, 4.25 million dollar cap hit
Cost per point: $114,864.86

Penner > Gomez

Both are epic underachievers, but if you look at it in a simple cost-benefit analysis, Dustin Penner would be more valuable to this team at his cap hit than Scott Gomez is. Also adding Penner and subtracting Gomez would mean you have enough cash to offer oft-injured superstar Marian Gaborik, who I have a big time man crush on, a legit superstar offer. Gaborik has his warts, but when healthy he’s every bit as good as Kovalchuk, Ovechkin, Malkin, etc. He is in that same stratosphere…he just isn’t healthy…ever. It’s a monster risk to sign the guy to a huge contract, but with no superstars in the pipeline, I think it’s a risk you take. But, I digress, the Gaborik conversation will come, as will a season recap, player evals, et-al. I just happen to be in the middle of my own playoff race in my hockey leagues, which are taking up a lot of my times.

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