He's only 27, and fits the mold of a classic Devil. He doesn't take bad penalties, is a solid two-way player, and should score 20-25 goals a year with 40-45 assists. He played great in the playoffs last year. If he wasn't signed and had a big year, he'd get more on the open market and the Devils would have gotten nothing for him. You can make an argument he's overpaid a little, but most NHL players are.
And yes, he's a massive floating pussy. But what can you do?
LL obviously hasn't achieved the success pre-salary cap, but in the 7 years since the cap, he has won 4 division titles and last years conference title. He hasn't had high draft picks except 2 years ago to draft can't miss superstars. He's made some mistakes, but to say he's been absolutely terrible is going overboard.
| Devils John Madden being interviewed:|
Interviewer- How does it feel to cover Gomez?
Madden- I don't know. I don't cover 3rd line centers.