Scott Gomez is a San Jose Shark
Well there you have it, Gomez has landed in San Jose.
Sharks make Scott Gomez signing official. One-year deal.— Eric Stephens (@icemancometh) January 23, 2013
Really, you ask? A contender? Signed Gomez?
Well it's not really that surprising when you think about it. Gomez's agent has been selling him as a winner, and San Jose needs to win. Their core is aging, and they have a ton of depth. Gomez won't have to play tough minutes in San Jose.
Essentially Gomez will be replacing Michael Handzus, who's effective days seem to be long behind him.
Gomez still has some strengths in his game, namely his neutral zone play and transition game. For minimal salary, he could be a good add for the Sharks. Check out Fear the Fin for more analysis.
NHL Press Release:
Forward Scott Gomez has signed with the San Jose Sharks, reportedly a one-year, $700,000 contract.
After Gomez's contract was bought out by the Montreal Canadiens last week, he joined the Sharks for practices. Gomez had traveled with the Sharks to Calgary for Sunday's game against the Flames.
The Sharks, who will face the Oilers in Edmonton on Wednesday night, also signed forward Tim Kennedy to a one-year contract. The 26-year-old center was the leading scorer for their AHL affiliate in Worcester this season, posting 12 goals and 30 points in 31 games.
Gomez, 33, ended a disappointing three-year stint with the Canadiens when the final two years of his contract were bought out by general manager Marc Bergevin, who originally intended to have Gomez sit out this season in order to avoid injury and allow a buyout to happen in the offseason.
In 196 games with the Canadiens, Gomez had 21 goals and 87 assists.
The deal with San Jose will reunite Gomez with Sharks assistant coach Larry Robinson, who coached Gomez for parts of four seasons with the New Jersey Devils.