It probably took more than one quick phone conversation, but with a “yes” from both sides Tuesday the Montreal Canadiens and New York Rangers made a deal that seemingly helps both squads.
The Rangers sent Scott Gomez and his hefty contract — which still has five years left on it — to Montreal in exchange for Christopher Higgins, who is a restricted free agent.
Montreal also sent the Rangers two defensemen, 2007 first-round draft pick Ryan McDonagh and Pavel Valentenko. New York gave up winger Tom Pyatt and defenseman Mike Busto.
The Canadiens were in the market for a center of Gomez’s ilk and obviously were not ready to give Higgins a long-term contract.
There is no doubt in my mind now that the Rangers will either trade or drop Wade Redden and take a run at Gaborik, Kovalchuk, Heatley, Hossa, or the Sedins.