Gomez will bring veteran leadership to a Panthers team that struggled last season, and saw the loss of a leader in Stephen Weiss to Detroit in free agency. Gomez should be able to help fill the void left by Weiss. Gomez is a quick player that will bring good leadership to a young Florida team, his abilities on the ice should be more than enough leadership for a young team like this.
Gomez began his career in New Jersey, where he spent the first seven seasons before moving on to the New York Rangers for two seasons. Gomez then signed a seven year deal with the Montreal Canadiens worth $51.5 million. The Canadiens bought Gomez out after his third season, and Gomez moved on to the San Jose Sharks, where he was paid $700,000 compared to the $5.5 million he was to make in Montreal. Gomez still worked hard and proved he could be an asset to any hockey team, and now the Florida Panthers are giving him a chance to do it in Sunrise.
Gomez has played in 941 games in his 13 year NHL career. He has amassed a total of 171 goals and 530 assists throughout his career. His best season came in 2005-2006 when he played in all 82 games, and scored 33 goals and added 51 assists.