Gomez gone, paid to stay home
Canadiens controversial centre Scott Gomez is staying home on a paid leave for the entire 2013 season then being bought out this summer, under the new rules of the new CBA and MOU (memo of understanding).
Gomez has played his last game as a Hab and despite having practised the last few days with his teammates will not be given the chance to earn his keep at the NHL level or even through a forced stint with the farm team in Hamilton.
New GM Marc Bergevin made the announcement while Michel Therrien, his new coach, put the Canadiens through their first drills on Day 1 of abbreviated Training Camp.
Gomez will count heavily against the salary cap this year ($7-million+) but the first of 2 buyouts this summer will end that heavy burden on the Habs.
Bergevin says he could not risk Gomez getting hurt because players on the injured list cannot be bought out. The move sends a clear message to other potential buyout targets: Rene Bourque and Tomas Kaberle.
Gomez was informed in a face-to-face meeting at Brossard 7:30 Sunday morning. He did not respond initially to CJAD Sports text messages.
As for unsigned defenceman PK Subban, Bergevin said he met with Subban and his agent Don Meehan yesterday in Toronto. He called it a "healthy discussion." Bergevin said his goal is to sign PK but there is no agreement yet.
Listen as Bergevin explains the decision to set Gomez adrift, while Brian Gionta and Max Pacioretty react to the news.