by Patrick Hoffman on 07/18/11 at 01:00 PM ET
That is what every hockey fan is probably wondering after NHL centerman Scott Gomez showed so much talent with the New Jersey Devils.
It seemed things changed when he went to the Rangers as an unrestricted free agent in the 2007-08 season. Sure, he tied for the team lead in points with then captain Jaromir Jagr but he just was not the same player he was as a Devil. He certainly he had his share of assists that season but he did not score as many goals as he did with the Devils and just did not seem like the player that fans were used to seeing excel like he did in previous seasons.
The same can be said of the following season. In 2008-09, Gomez put up just 58 points (16 goals and 42 assists) and ended up being traded to the Montreal Canadiens in the off-season.
Things have not been much better in Montreal. In his first full season with the Habs, Gomez had 59 points (12 goals and 47 assists) and 14 points (2 goals and 12 assists) in the Stanley Cup Playoffs. While those numbers are not terrible, they are still not numbers that matchup with his current cap hit.
This past season was a new low for Gomez. In the regular season, the 31-year-old had just 38 points (7 goals and 31 assists) and constantly took shifts off, gave up the puck and was not nearly as effective as he used to be.
So, folks, what happened to the real Scott Gomez?
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