Scott Gomez is being thrown under the bus again? That’s nothing new.
And it’s almost getting old. Montreal Canadiens fans are tired of watching an overpaid, under-performing player not score goals. And they are also tired of complaining about him.
The Canadiens are stuck with Gomez, who signed a seven-year contract with the New York Rangers in July 2007 for $51.5 million, for two more seasons—unless they do something.
When the Canadiens traded for Gomez in 2009, they inherited his contract and expected him to be a first-line player night in and night out. Instead, they got an under-performing, soft forward who should not be making $7 million, let alone playing a regular shift for the Canadiens.
Going into the offseason, after finishing at the bottom of the NHL’s Eastern Conference this year, the Habs need to deal with Gomez and get him out of the lineup and off the roster. There are much better ways to spend that money and many more players who are capable of filling in for much less.
There have been rumours of just sending Gomez to Montreal’s AHL affiliate, the Hamilton Bulldogs. But why keep him on the roster for any longer than you have to? Buy out his contract and get rid of him now.
Here are seven reasons why the Montreal Canadiens should do so.