According to Pierre LeBrun of ESPN.com who cites an unamed source, the San Jose Sharks will sign free agent forward, Scott Gomez to a one-year deal worth a reported $700,000. The deal is said to be pro-rated.
Gomez was recently bought out of his contract by the Montreal Canadiens after falling out of favor with the storied franchise. Gomez produced just 2 goals and 9 assists last season for the Habs while limited to just 38 games. It was hardly the type of production the Canadiens had envisioned when they acquire Gomez and his bulky salary back in 2009. Over the three seasons he spent in Montreal, the Alaska native saw his point production diminish considerably every year, eventually leading to the team telling him to stay home prior to training camp earlier this month.
LeBrun points out that the Canadiens are still on the hook for paying Gomez his pro-rated salary of $5.5 million for this season along with 2/3 of next year’s $4.5 million.
The Sharks have a connection with Gomez as associate coach, Larry Robinson was the New Jersey Devils head coach when Gomez was playing for the team that drafted him.
It is expected that Gomez will center the Sharks third line and will bring yet additional veteran presence to an already deep and talented Sharks club.
San Jose picked up their second win in as many games to open the season on Tuesday, easily defeating the Edmonton Oilers in their home opener by a 6-3 margin. The Sharks set a club record by scoring six goals in the opening period and clearly let off the gas for the final forty minutes.