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from Harvey Fialkov of the Sun Sentinel,
The 5-foot-11 Gomez is quick to point out that he's a young 33, and while he's happy to serve as a mentor, he signed a one-year, $900,000 contract to rekindle a stalled career and return to the playoffs for the 12th time in his 14th NHL season.
While he's known for finishing plays (701 points in 941 career games), Gomez had trouble completing sentences when asked to rehash his ignominious departure from Montreal last year, when General Manager Marc Bergevin bought out the final two seasons ($10 million) of an inherited $51.5 million deal from the Rangers to save $7.3 million of salary-cap space.
Gomez, who averaged 64 points in his first 10 seasons, including 59 points in his first season in Montreal, slipped to 38 points in 2010-11 and just 11 points in 38 games in an injury-plagued 2011-12. He was lambasted in the hockey-crazed Canadian media and scorned by Habs' fans.
Bergevin told Gomez he'd have to stay at home and sit out the shortened lockout season to avoid injury which would void the buyout. However, two 'amnesty' buyouts were put in the revised CBA, thus allowing the Canadiens to waive Gomez without salary-cap implications.
The Sharks picked him up for $700,000 and Gomez notched 15 points in 39 games as well as two assists in nine playoff games.
SUNRISE, Fla. – Florida Panthers Executive VP/General Manager Dale Tallon announced today that the club has agreed to terms with C Scott Gomez on a one-year contract.
“Scott is a veteran center who adds further depth to the middle of our line-up,” said Tallon. “He is a quick and skilled forward, with a wealth of hockey experience including two Stanley Cup titles, who will be a leader for our younger players.”
SAN JOSE - San Jose Sharks Executive Vice President and General Manager Doug Wilson announced today that the club has signed unrestricted free agent center Scott Gomez to a one-year deal. In keeping with club policy, financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.
Gomez, 33, posted 11 points (two goals, nine assists) in 38 games with Montreal in 2011-12. This season, he spent 11 games with the Alaska Aces of the ECHL this season recording 13 points (six goals, seven assists).
“He’s been kicked down and stepped on and now it’s about how he responds to it. If he’s the kindof person I think he is, he’s going to respond very well.”
-Larry Robinson, asst. coach of the San Jose Sharks on Scott Gomez. The quote is via the Mercury News but Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal used it in his column on Scott Gomex and Wade Redden.
from Dave Stubbs of the Montreal Gazette,
There was no trace of Scott Gomez in the Canadiens' Brossard dressing room Sunday, in body or material reminder, even before most players had arrived for Day One of training camp.
Gomez's stall, beside that of old friend Brian Gionta, was efficiently emptied by equipment staff, all of his gear and personal effects bagged and hauled away by the player himself or placed in storage. His nameplate was gone, replaced by a generic blank.
Above his stall were the faces that have looked down from above him since he arrived in Montreal by trade on June 30, 2009: Hall of Famers Toe Blake, Émile Bouchard and Elmer Lach.
This is the way it is in professional hockey, on any club. If you're sent home, as Gomez was on Sunday, or traded or cut, your stall quickly bears no sign that you'd ever been a member of the team.
"As a teammate and as a friend, it's tough to see," Gionta said, speaking of Gomez's departure, following the Canadiens' first practice of this already extraordinary camp.
If you missed it earlier today, Gomez was basically sent home by the Canadiens.
A Tuesday afternoon meeting is scheduled with Myers and Shanahan for this hit on Scott Gomez last night.
Myers received 2 for boarding on the play.
Did you ever lay down on your couch in the early evening, thinking you could take a cat nap, only to wake up at 1:30am, in a panic, not knowing where you are?
It happened to me tonight, a long time to be cat napping, but not as long as the goal drought Scott Gomez broke Thursday night…
Question No. 1: What should the Canadiens do with Scott Gomez and a contract that pays him $7.4 million for two more seasons?
Aaron Ward: Buy him out at season’s end. Last goal scored was February 5; that’s last season. 44 games, zero goals. You buy him out, recoup some of that money. You ought to be able to find someone for those millions to score goals over that period of time. I think he’s almost worn out his welcome at this point in Montreal.
Bob McKenzie: I would demote him to the minors, not necessarily this second, but if the Montreal Canadiens can go out and find a big centre or use the cap space - it’s almost $7.4 million cap hit - more effectively than with Scott Gomez (the Montreal Canadiens have lots of something - and that’s money). They’ve got a place in Hamilton and if they can make their team better by moving him down at the appropriate time, why not do it?...
more plus additional questions and answers…
Darren Dreger of TSN answers some fan email,
We have been talking about this for some time in Montreal. Nobody seems to be willing to give us the answer we are looking for! We see that Montreal doesn’t need, in any way shape or form, the presence of Gomez in the lineup! Why isn’t the management team making a drastic move and either getting rid of him, buying him out or burying down in the minors? I understand this is easier said than done but I most certainly can’t understand why the Habs are keeping him in the mix.
Cheers and thank you for your time.
A: Philippe, because of Gomez’s contract, he’s an easy target for you, Habs fans in general and the media to attack! At $7.3 million per season through 2013-2014 there really isn’t a whole lot the Montreal Canadiens can do to shed that enormous contract. There is no - nor will there be - a trade unless Pierre Gauthier can find a trade partner with a similar issue….
more plus additional questions…
From Stu Cowan at The Gazette:
It definitely looks like the Scott Gomez trade could go down as one of the worst in Canadiens history.
In the summer of 2009, former Canadiens GM Bob Gainey acquired Gomez along with the five years and more than $30 million remaining on a seven-year, $51.5-million contract he had signed with the New York Rangers.
But that wasn’t all.
Gainey also got Tom Pyatt and Michael Busto in the deal, while Chris Higgins, Ryan McDonagh and Pavel Valentenko went from Montreal to New York.
Pyatt was let go by the Canadiens after last season and signed with the Tampa Bay Lightning as a free agent, while Busto is now playing for the Las Vegas Wranglers in the ECHL.
From the CP via TSN:
Scott Gomez was back on the ice with the Montreal Canadiens on Thursday after missing the start of the NHL pre-season with a lower body injury, believed to be a sore groin.
Coach Jacques Martin, who rarely gives precise information on injuries, said the veteran centre will play either Friday night in Ottawa or in a return game Saturday night in Montreal.
Gomez said the soreness is gone.
“I wouldn’t be out there if it was (still sore),” he said. “I’ll find out the lineup and hopefully I’m in it.”
When asked what the injury was, Gomez smiled and said “my pinkie.”
The point I am trying to make is that Gomez has an opportunity here to extend his career and strengthen his legacy as a player by doing the things necessary to prove that last season was an anomaly, rather than an exclamation point on a decline since his career-best 2005-06 season.
The opportunity is there because Gomez is not too old to play this game at a high level, but whether or not he seizes that opportunity is a question only he can answer.
-Arpon Basu of CTV Montreal. More on what Scott Gomez needs to do this season.
From Lyle Richardson at The Hockey News:
Unfortunately, Gomez hasn’t panned out as hoped. This season, he posted the worst numbers of his NHL career (seven goals, 38 points in 80 games), leading to speculation Canadiens management will consider demoting him to the minors next season to clear his $7.3 million cap hit from the books.
Drury, meanwhile, is still with the Rangers, but it’s become clear over the past two years his play is deteriorating. In 2009-10 he netted 32 points in 77 games, the lowest total of his NHL career. This season, a broken finger and knee surgery limited him to only 24 games, but he still only managed five points.
read on for some NHL rumors and more
from Stu Cowan of the Montreal Gazette,
The question is, how much better can Gomez play? Since his career year in 2005-06 with the New Jersey Devils, when he posted 33-51-84 totals, Gomez hasn’t scored more than 16 goals in a season or had more than 70 points. In 158 regular-season games with the Canadiens, he has only 19 goals.
It’s unlikely the Canadiens would be able to trade Gomez because of his contract. Another option would be to send him to the American Hockey League, meaning his salary wouldn’t count against the NHL cap and Gauthier could go shopping for goal scorers.
There are a number of teams who used the AHL option this season to bury big contracts, including the New York Rangers with Wade Redden ($6.5 million), the Edmonton Oilers with Sheldon Souray ($4.5 million), the Columbus Blue Jackets with Mike Commodore ($3.8 million), the Toronto Maple Leafs with Jeff Finger ($3.5 million), the New York Islanders with Michael Nylander ($3 million) and the Calgary Flames with Ales Kotalik ($3 million).
So the Habs lost 8-6 on Wednesday, as everyone knows. And yes, they were battered and bruised by the end. But am I worried about it? No. Here’s why.
The Montreal Canadiens have suddenly won 3 of 4, after a poor slate of games that had people wondering whether their first half was a fluke. A solid performance against Pittsburgh, followed by a come from behind thriller against Boston, means Montreal is again within striking distance of the Northeast lead, and has some much needed momentum as they embark on the second half of their season.
Of late, a few players have performed brilliantly. Benoit Pouliot scored the shootout winner against Pittsburgh, and he, Mathieu Darche and recent callup David Desharnais have formed a poor man’s French Connection, playing solid, two way hockey while chipping in offensively. Scott Gomez appears to be back, after about 25 games in the wilderness, and Carey Price is again performing like the star the Canadiens need him to be.
Remember that big lead the Habs had, battling at the top of the Eastern Conference? Well, now they have a two point cushion on eighth.
Tomorrow? Boston. Tonight: Philadelphia.
Not the easiest way to pad the win column.
The Canadiens looked great tonight, beating the Ottawa Senators 4-1 on the back of the ever more impressive Carey Price. Goals from four different players staked the Habs to victory, topped off by a late marker from Roman Hamrlik. Hamrlik has been a rock of late, looking younger, faster and more apt to chip in offensively since the injury to Andrei Markov.
Of note to Habs fans, Scott Gomez left in the second with an injury and did not return. Yanick Weber, taken headfirst into the boards early in the game, finished the contest without any apparent cobwebs.
Lots of shots. Crisp checking. Hot goaltending. The Habs had it all tonight.
For two periods.
It’s Grey Cup Sunday, and this is the one weekend all year that the Habs take the backseat to the Montreal Alouettes.
But I’m not much of a football fan, so I’m still talking hockey.
The Canadiens had a so-so weekend, falling to Atlanta on Friday (Pavelec is a heckuva goaltender) while defeating Ryan Miller’s Sabres 3-1 Saturday, beating one heckuva goaltender.
And who won the game Saturday? Carey Price. While he lost the shutout with a minute to go, he sports a GAA of 1.95, even more impressive when you consider that he has started 22 games - of which he has one 14, more than he won all of last season.
The Montreal Canadiens wrapped up the weekend with a 3-1 loss to the Florida Panthers on Saturday night. The Habs were playing their third game in four nights and looked the part, wearing down fairly early and fading as the third period went on.
However, more important than the outcome for most Habs fans was the return of Andrei Markov. The best defenceman in Montreal returned Saturday to record five shots but was unable to get on the scoresheet as he was eased back into the lineup. Markov was paired with PK Subban, playing an impressive 23:03 in his return.
Second line blues
Montreal has had a good start to the year, but their major challenge continues to be a lack of secondary scoring. Namely, second line scoring, in that Scott Gomez and Brian Gionta have been virtually invisible when it comes to offence. Gionta is perhaps the most snake bitten player in the NHL this year, having scored only once on forty-four shots.
from John McGourty of NHL.com,
Brian Gionta and Scott Gomez were hoping they still had the chemistry that made them Stanley Cup winners in 2003 with the New Jersey Devils and produced a 48-goal season by Gionta in 2006.
It was there Saturday night in Buffalo when the Canadiens won their second-straight overtime game, 2-1, on Gionta’s tip in past goalie Ryan Miller. It was an airborne rebound off the boards of Gomez’s shot.
“That wasn’t the way we drew it up, but we’ll take it,” Gionta said. “I was going to the net trying to find it and it bounced real nice for me. Any time a wrist shot goes off the back boards, there’s a little bit of luck.”
from Michael Farber of Sports Illustrated,
On the subject of captains, Scott Gomez starts lessons with a French tutor on Friday. The connection between the language of Voltaire and a letter? Gomez, whose albatross of a seven-year, $51.5 million contract was taken off the New York Rangers’ hands, now is with the captain-less if not quite rudderless Montreal Canadiens.
The former Habs captain, Saku Koivu, was cuffed about in the French-language media for not knowing French. (English and Finnish were not deemed sufficient in the province. This was a perpetual thorn in the side of the classy Koivu, who now has a one-year deal in Anaheim.) Gomez is not the captain type—he says he hasn’t worn a C since youth hockey in Alaska—but then there are no obvious choices in Montreal.
After the departure of 10 unrestricted free agents, including Alex Kovalev and captain timber such as Mike Komisarek, defenseman Andrei Markov remains the best player, but he is hardly the fulcrum of the dressing room. There are no French-speaking players on the team with enough portfolio on the ice to get the letter, and newcomer Brian Gionta, an American, is an unknown there.
more topics discussed, some have already been mentioned on KK.
from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,
His game was gone, his smile was gone, and he was going. The Rangers had been dangling Gomez for months. They needed to clear cap space. They needed to move forward without Gomez.
“If you perform up to expectations, play hard every day, game in and game out and be productive, there’s a chance you’ll never be traded,” Sather said yesterday afternoon after announcing that Gomez had been traded.
Gomez’ heart was in the right place two summers ago. But his eyes exceeded his commitment. New York was too big for him.
from the Montreal Gazette,
“I learned about the possibility of a trade when I was playing softball with some friends last night and then I got a call from Mr. Sather,” Gomez said from his native Alaska, where he was on a fishing trip.
Gomez said he had a limited no-trade clause. “I had a list of teams where I didn’t want to go, but obviouslty Montreal wasn’t on that list.”
“I’m happy to be going to the Mecca of hockey,” he added. “I know there’ll be some pressure, but that’s what it’s all about. I got some taste of the Montreal tradition playing for Larry Robinson.”
more on the Canadiens…
via Kevin Allen’s Twitter,
Canadiens’ Higgins just traded to the Rangers, details to follow shortly as I get them.
Plus Fan590 in Toronto reports RDS say Gomez going the other way.
added 5:03pm, via TSN,
The Montreal Canadiens have acquired centre Scott Gomez from the New York Rangers in exchange for winger Chris Higgins.
added 5:24pm, Secondary names were included in the trade, follow the TSN link for all the names.
added 5:30pm, via the Montreal Canadiens,
“We are extremely pleased to have acquired an impact centreman in Scott Gomez. He is an outstanding playmaker and an excellent skater. Having won the Stanley Cup twice with the New Jersey Devils, he brings a lot of playoff experience to our team. Scott is an elite player who will certainly contribute to the success of our team for years to come,” said Bob Gainey.
from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,
If Tortorella—who, by the way was on the other bench in the spring of 2007 for an up-close-and-personal look when New Jersey’s Gomez dominated Tampa Bay in the first round—believes Gomez has both the talent and character to be a part of the Rangers’ core, then the Blueshirts will commit to the center and seek to acquire a north-south sniper to add to his line.
But if not, if Gomez’s play down the stretch and in the series against Washington created large enough doubts in the head coach, then Sather will attempt to move No. 19, which will not be easy to do.
Understand: The contract, which features an annual cap hit of $7,357,143 for another five years and has $33.5M remaining in actual salary, is going to be the trade, if there’s a trade. If there’s an exchange, the value for the Rangers will come in removing the contract from the cap, not in the return coming the other way. The contract will be the trade.
from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,
Gomez was a significant disappointment this season. The Blueshirts’ putative first-line pivot played only slightly better hockey for John Tortorella than he did for Tom Renney, finishing a 58-point season (16-42) by collecting four points (0-4) in the final eight games and 10 points (1-9) in the final 16.
“It was a hard year, not that I didn’t make it hard on myself,” Gomez said. “I can’t tell you how much I’m looking forward to the playoffs and the chance to make things right, not for myself, but for the team.”
from John Vogl of the Buffalo News,
Miller is out of the lineup indefinitely after suffering a left ankle sprain during the Sabres’ 4-2 victory over the New York Rangers on Saturday.
“It’s stiff and it’s tender,” Miller said after limping to his locker stall in HSBC Arena. “These are things you have to kind of feel out. There’s no timetable, really. It’s your comfort level….
The injury happened 1:54 into the third period. Miller went behind the net to retrieve a New York dump-in, and Scott Gomez chased the puck. As Miller played it around the boards, Gomez crashed into the netminder’s right leg, simultaneously twisting the opposite ankle….
Sabres coach Lindy Ruff didn’t hide his anger for Gomez.
“I don’t think there’s any secret it was deliberate,” Ruff said. “He knew what he was doing.”
more and watch the video of the play below…
from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,
The Rangers need Gomez to be much better. There have been far too many haphazard passes to nowhere, far too many turnovers.
Gomez is holding on to the puck way too long. His instincts appear to have become hazy.
Not everybody is going to play the same way as Patrik Elias and Brian Gionta, Gomez’s linemates in New Jersey with whom he had brilliant chemistry, but it is on the centerman to make it work with Naslund and Zherdev.
Gomez turns 29 today. He’s the team’s seventh-eldest.
It’s a long way from his tenure as a Devil during which he had people like Claude Lemieux, Scott Stevens, Randy McKay and Ken Daneyko to learn from and lean on.
Now, ready or not, Gomez is at the head of the class.
from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,
Before coming out of the lineup last Wednesday night in New Jersey, Scott Gomez had played 10 games with an ankle stress fracture he sustained when struck by a puck in Detroit on Oct. 18, The Post has learned.
Gomez, who missed his fourth straight game last night when the Rangers and Canucks met at the Garden, learned the nature of his injury after undergoing an MRI exam on Nov. 7. The center then played two more games before finally yielding to pain he had been playing through and a groin pull he suffered in adapting to skating with the injury.
from Steve Zipay of Newsday,
After one season on Broadway, Gomez is settled. “Last year, I didn’t have my apartment ready; it was New York and all,” he said. “Now you know what to expect, how the fans are going to react. I’m not the new guy anymore.”
Just one with more responsibility.
“It’s a big year for a lot of us,” he said. “Talking to Chris and the guys all summer, the pressure’s on . . . The way we finished [losing in the second round of the playoffs] is still there, so it’s a big challenge. We’ve got to step up. We’ve got to be at our best.”
from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,
Disgraced former NHLPA executive director Ted Saskin is scheduled to testify tomorrow on behalf of the NHL and against the interests of the union he once represented, in an arbitration hearing that has critical implications for the Rangers, The Post has learned.
The issue at hand concerns the status of drafted European players who do not sign before June 2 of the second calendar year following their selections. Article 8.6 of the CBA states that clubs lose their rights to such players if they are not signed on or by that date.
continued and I thought I would also point this out from Brooks in the same story…
Contrary to falsehoods circulating on the Internet, the Rangers have never considered trading Scott Gomez to clear cap space for Sundin. Nor will they.
added 11:38am, from Greg Wyshynski of Yahoo Sports,
Follow the bouncing B.S. ...
A hockey rumor “blogger,” whose hit-to-miss ratio rivals that of a visually impaired Imperial stormtrooper, reported that the New York Rangers are going to trade center Scott Gomez in order to open up cap space to sign free agent Mats Sundin. The Vancouver Canucks were named as the likely destination.
This naturally sent places like the HF Boards into a speculative tizzy, because really why else would they exist?
Take a video tour of Alaska with Scott Gomez. Watch below…
from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,
The Rangers and Gomez were saying, “upper body injury,” following the play at 9:48 of the first on which No. 19 went crashing into the rear-boards after losing his edge in becoming entangled with Lasse Kukkonen on a left-wing rush.
Gomez, who was kicking his skates in pain as he lay on the ice, skated to the bench. He remained there briefly. Though he had X-rays taken, he will be re-examined and re-evaluated today at the club’s practice rink.
If Gomez, who leads the sixth-place Rangers in points (67) and assists (51), suffered broken ribs, he’ll probably be sidelined for the final seven games. If the injury is more complex than that, the playmaking pivot may be out an even more extended time, into the playoffs.
more on the Rangers…
added 2:14pm, via Slap Shot at the NY Times,
The team said Gomez’ unspecified upper body injury turned out to include no broken ribs and should not keep him out for an extended period. He is listed as day to day and could even play in Tuesday’s rematch with the Flyers at Madison Square Garden, although that is probably optimistic.
Today, Scott Gomez of the NY Rangers participated in an NHL conference call. He currently leads the Rangers in scoring with 42 points, and will be attending the All Star Game in Atlanta next weekend.
Here is a complete transcript from the Q & A session.
Q. Was there an adjustment for you playing and living in Manhattan, and if so, what was the adjustment and are you past that?
SCOTT GOMEZ: Well, I think, first, I wasn’t in my place. So it was a little—I’m not using it as an excuse, but it was a little different, just kind of being kind of in the hotel or whatever you want to call it.
from Game On,
Alive and well. Patrik Elias and Scott Gomez.
By a remarkable scheduling coincidence, they meet on Wednesday night at The Rock for the Rangers’ first trip to Newark’s fabulous Prudential Center.
In a sense, it’s a meeting of The Comeback Kids: both player-wise and team-wise.
from Rangers Report,
This was Devils coach Brent Sutter speaking to reporters today about facing Scott Gomez tomorrow:
“I had no impact on Gomez whatsoever. I was never here when he was a New Jersey Devil and personally I could care less. It was his choice to decide where he wanted to go play. It was his choice not to want to play in New Jersey anymore and that’s his prerogative. So, to think that we should be easy on him is dead wrong. We’ll treat him like any other player…It’s his choice to across the river and play there. That’s up to him. But our job is go to there and win a hockey game.”
more on the Rangers including Callahan out with knee sprain…
from the Anchorage Daily News,
I got trapped by fans, and I basically got an autograph session going,’’ Gomez recalled, punctuating the story with his ever-present laugh. “I looked at my watch and it was 5:25, and I had to get hustling.
“It’s a different world here, man.’‘
But it’s the world Gomez has always craved.
Over most of his first eight years as a pro, he lived and worked and came of age in New Jersey. Continental Arena in East Rutherford is just an eight-mile drive from the Garden, but those rinks and the teams they house are worlds apart in terms of exposure and media buzz.
Scott Gomez of the NY Rangers took part in a NHL tele-conference today…
Q. What’s that going to be like the first time you play the New Jersey Devils?
SCOTT GOMEZ: Talking to some of the guys over there, it’s going to be ? it will be different for sure. I’m sure a lot of emotions that day. But once you step on the ice, hey, going against those guys now and do whatever it takes to win. I’m sure they feel the same way.
Q. Was it true that there was some sort of coin flip or puck flip for jersey numbers between you and Chris Drury?
SCOTT GOMEZ: We talked after I signed and Chris signed later that day. We talked about it. And I said take 23. I never picked it. Never was a number in mind. The Devils kind of gave it to me. I’ve always grown up wearing No. 11 or 19. I’m sure I wasn’t going to get 11 here.
So we flipped for it. It wasn’t a big deal and I’m pretty excited I get my old number back.
Scott Gomez talks about the transition from New Jersey to New York.
Video found via Game On, the blogs at MSG Network.