Scott Gomez signs one-year contract with Panthers

By Brian Stubits |

Scott Gomez played in San Jose last season after being bought out by Montreal. (USATSI)
Scott Gomez played in San Jose last season after being bought out by Montreal. (USATSI)

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Scott Gomez isn't done in the NHL yet. The veteran centerman has found a new home, signing a one-year contract to play for the Florida Panthers next season. The team announced the signing on Wednesday.

"Scott is a veteran center who adds further depth to the middle of our line-up," GM Dale Tallon said. "He is a quick and skilled forward, with a wealth of hockey experience including two Stanley Cup titles, who will be a leader for our younger players."

Nick Kypreos of Sportsnet reports its for $900,000.

The Panthers had been pretty quiet this postseason as they have made it clear it's time to play the young kids in their stage of rebuilding. However they were very thin down the center and are very inexperienced so bringing in Gomez helps those issues, I suppose. He played well enough for San Jose last season after they took a chance on him following his buy out from Montreal. He's a good face-off guy but at this point he's a bottom-six centerman.

Still, a one-year deal is a low-risk move -- and it's probably a low-reward one as well. Gomez joins Nick Bjugstad, Marcel Goc, Drew Shore, Shawn Matthias and first-round draft pick Aleksander Barkov down the middle.

Gomez is most known for having a bad contract with the Canadiens and his failure to score in his final few seasons with the Habs. The Sharks took a shot on him and he played in a bottom-six capacity, scoring two goals with 13 assists.

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