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Scott Gomez of the Montreal Canadiens.
Yes, I’m aware that including a player of Scott Gomez’s caliber on a list such as this is a shock at best and sacrilege at worst. But Gomez, despite all his failings, is more than just an oversized, overpaid, walking, talking paperweight.
Of course, the walking and talking parts make him an ineffective one and now bad at two jobs, but that’s beside the point.
The actual point is, despite those failings (lack of production, lack of being Ryan McDonagh, lack of his ability to lure Zach Parise to Montreal, lack of the good sense to tell Glen Sather once upon a time, ”Whoa, Glen, let’s dial it down a notch or…20. People will just end up hating me, you know, more than they already do.”), Gomez still has some skill. Granted, it’s hidden—deep down…somewhere.
It is there, though. He did once score 84 points in one season, and 70 in two others.
Of course, 60 points is probably a more accurate representation of where Gomez’s actual skill level tops off. If he can get even close to that this year (in the National Hockey League and not in the minors), Montreal will be a playoff team. That’s a big if, probably as big as the center Bob Gainey thought he was getting when Sather palmed the underachiever and his salary off on him, but it is the truth.
Without a producing Gomez in the lineup, Montreal is a weaker team than with him in. During his first year with Montreal, Gomez netted 59 points. The end result? Montreal made it to the third round of the playoffs.
His next season? A mere 38 and a first-round loss to the Boston Bruins. Last season, he had just 11 in 38 games and Montreal missed the playoffs altogether.
As much as Montreal fans may hate to admit it, we need Gomez. I mean, we need Patrik Elias more, but what can you do? At this point, the Devil(s) you know rather than the one you should have gotten in the first place, right?