The man pictured above is Scott Gomez, a forward for the Montreal Canadiens. You can be forgiven if you didn't know that the former Calder Trophy winner was still in the NHL, after all he did only pot two goals during the 2011-12 NHL campaign, a season during which he pocketed a cool $7.5 million. Granted he did miss all but 38 games due to injury, but still, two goals? In case you think those two goals were an aberration, keep in mind during the 2010-11 season, when Gomez was paid $8 million he had seven goals and 31 assists in 80 games, the same number of points that his teammate, defenseman P.K. Subban was paid $875,000 for scoring.
So, there you have it, Scott Gomez is the poster boy for the reason NHL teams are hoping there is some type of buyout clause in the next NHL CBA.
There are arguments for and against the buyout clause. Some say that the teams that signed these players to these crazy contracts (in Gomez's case that contract was for seven years and $51 million) should be stuck with them. Others say that the buyout clause would allow the team to reset and get out from under the deals that may be hurting them financially. I'm not here to take sides on that issue, let the NHL and NHLPA hammer that one out across the negotiating table.
I am here to point out the fact that there are several teams that are hoping the buyout clause is included in the next CBA, and here they are...