The San Jose Sharks have agreed to a one-year deal with former Montreal Canadiens and New Jersey Devils center Scott Gomez, and he could be in the lineup for the team’s home opener tonight. The Canadiens used an amnesty buyout on Gomez and placed him on waivers shortly after the lockout ended.
The 2000 Calder Memorial Trophy winner and two-time Stanley Cup winner starred for the Devils for seven seasons, before heading to the New York Rangers for a big payday. His two seasons there saw moderate success, but in his three seasons that followed with Montreal, he was unable to match the production he had been known for earlier in his career. Things truly bottomed out for Gomez in Montreal when he went 60 consecutive games without a goal between the 2010-11 and 2011-12 seasons. He joined the ECHL’s Alaska Aces for 11 games during the lockout, scoring six goals and adding seven assists.
In just over 902 career games, Gomez has scored 169 goals and recorded 686 points. It was little surprise the Canadiens used a buyout on him, sending him home at the start of training camp before placing him on waivers when an expedited amnesty process was approved.
The Sharks are already rolling along this season, with a 2-0 record and the second most goals for of any team in the NHL. They will likely utilize Gomez in a third-line situation and could give him a look on the power play. He could see time alongside T.J. Galiardi, Tommy Wingels, Frazer McLaren and Michal Handzus. Any contribution they get from him at this point is a bonus and a bargain, and make the Sharks a team to watch out for in the Western Conference. Given their history of playoff disappointments, they’ll hope Gomez is the missing piece to help them get their hands on the Stanley Cup.