Tuesday, January 15, 2013
Gomez buyout update
By Victoria Matiash
UPDATE: Scott Gomez could be set free in the next few days. He may not have to wait until the summer to be bought out by the Montreal Canadiens.
According to Sportsnet's Nick Kypreos, the NHL and NHLPA have reached an agreement in which the first of two allowed compliance buyouts can be enacted before the start of the season (Saturday). While the second can be used in the summer. However, the player's cap hit would remain the same for the rest of this season.
This alteration of rule could also benefit Wade Redden of the New York Rangers.
It appears Scott Gomez and the Montreal Canadiens are parting ways. According to Dave Stubbs of the Montreal Gazette, the 33-year old forward is being sent home. From there, he can be bought out at the end of the season.
That means the Habs are on the hook for his full salary for the 2012-13 campaign. From there, however, they can simply buy out the rest of his deal. They couldn't risk him getting hurt though, which is why he's being sent home and not down to the AHL. Gomez was a 33-goal scorer for New Jersey in the 2005-06 season, but never seemed to get comfortable in Montreal. Over three seasons with the Canadiens, he managed to light the lamp just 21 times, 12 of which came in 2009-10.