You know it. It looked like Scott Gomez was going to be spending the season on the couch in Alaska watching games on TV and counting his millions, after Habs GM Marc Bergevin told him he wouldn’t be playing for the team and would be bought-out next season.
But now the National Hockey League has stepped in and essentially brought in the “Gomez clause”, a new wrinkle in the collective bargaining agreement that allows a team to buy-out a player who’s making more than $3 million……before the season even starts. So Montreal apparently placed Gomer on waivers on Wednesday and he is expected to clear waivers by noon Thursday.
At which point, the Habs will buy him out and he will be free as air. And that means the underachieving centreman will be free to sign with another team for any price. And you know someone’s gonna pick up Gomez. If you pay him $1 million or $1.5 million, suddenly he’s an attractive commodity. Sure it’s a roll of the dice but remember that Gomez was once a very good player.
Yeah he’s stunk out the rink for his entire tenure with the Habs but sometimes a change of scenery is all you need. There was something going on in Gomez’s head that made him unable to threaten in the offensive zone. It was a strange thing. He still skates beautifully, he can move the puck like nobody’s business but once he crosses the opposing team’s blue-line he becomes hockey’s equivalent of a deer in the headlights. He freezes. He doesn’t know what to do. He is clearly terrified of shooting at the net. So he passes to the last man in. Always. And it never amounts to anything.
But maybe he can clear those problems up on a new team, with a new system, a new attitude. Say he signs with – oh I don’t know – let’s just say Toronto. Just imagine if he goes on a tear and comes into the Bell Centre every few days to light up the score-sheet just the way John Leclair did all those years ago when the Habs idiotically shipped him off to the Flyers.
Yikes! Please tell me it’s a nightmare. Someone wake me up. Oh no and is that P.K. Subban on the blueline for the Leafs? Please wake me up!