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When the Montreal Canadiens acquired Scott Gomez from the New York Rangers in the summer of 2009, fans and hockey analysts across Canada panned Bob Gainey and the Canadiens' management team for bringing in a player who simply wasn't worth a $7.3 million cap hit.
Since then, Gomez has been a disappointment in Montreal, as he has yet to record 15 goals or 60 points in a season, and recorded a career-low seven goals and 38 points in 2010-11.
While it's more than likely that the two-time All-Star will return to the 55-60 point range this year, he's obviously not the team's top pivot, and has become a whipping boy for Canadiens fans.
Though Gomez is certainly overpaid, he's also shown in the past that he's capable of being a top-line center in the NHL, as he has five seasons with 70 points or more under his belt, so there may be a team willing to take on his albatross of a contract.
It's not looking like Gomez will be able to win over the fans in Montreal before his contract's up in 2014, so it'd be best for both the player and team if he was moved in the near future.
Gomez has the speed and skill to be a productive top-six forward in the NHL, and at age 31, he should be able to fill that role for another three or four seasons. However, if Montreal can find an organization that's willing and able to take the underachieving Alaskan off their hands, they would be crazy not to do so.
Considering how disappointing Gomez's time in Montreal has been, he should be hoping that another team believes he still has the ability to be an offensive catalyst.