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Scott Gomez will always be known as a good player, but more than that, he will be known as one of the most overpaid players during free agency. In 2007, the New York Rangers signed the former New Jersey Devil to a seven-year, $51.5 million contact. To say that he wasn't worth the money is an understatement.
It's not that Gomez wasn't good, believe me he was, but $51.5 million was a bit much. During his first year with the Rangers he totaled 70 points, with 58 and 59 in the two years following. However, these are numbers that players earning $2 or $3 million a year receive, not $7 million. To put it frankly, the amount of money Gomez was given was a bit absurd.
Despite putting up decent numbers, the Rangers decided to trade Scott Gomez to the Montreal Canadiens. Montreal was now forced to pay an extremely high salary to a player that was continuing to get older and lose valuable skill.
Now, still with the Canadians, Gomez's appearance in the NHL is decreasing. During the past two years, Gomez has only scored nine goals in 188 games with Montreal. At 32-years-old, he should still be able to have a few years left in the tank in the NHL, but he will need to improve if he wants to keep his image as a goal-scoring player.
Gomez was paid way too much to sign with the Rangers, and his contract is one of the worst NHL free agency signings ever.