Scott Gomez has received an offer to attend training camp with the New Jersey Devils.The Devils have made plenty of big moves this off-season, but this might be the most controversial. They brought in Mike Cammalleri and Martin Havlat this summer to address its need of goal-scorers, as well as lock up two of their most valuable players in Cory Schneider and Andy Greene. However, with all the moves New Jersey has done this summer to get themselves back to a playoff caliber team, they still have some work to handle before Opening Night. New Jersey still has some internal issues to handle, but with training camp mere weeks away, the Devils are running out of time. Eric Gelinas is still unsigned, with the situation being labelled as “status quo”. Also, the Devils still have to make a decision on whether or not to bring back winger Ryan Carter.
The Devils’ remaining priorities will be handled in the near future, but New Jersey was able to do some business as they have decided to invite Scott Gomez to training camp. Former first round pick for the Devils in 1998, Gomez played for New Jersey for seven years. During his time in New Jersey, him the organization celebrated a ton of success together. The Devils went to the playoffs those seven years, and won the cup twice. Gomez won Rookie of the Year in the 1999-2000 season, and posted at least 55 points in 6 of 7 seasons with the Devils.
Unfortunately for Devils’ fan, their last memories of Gomez was watching him cross the Hudson to join to Rangers in the 2007-2008 season. Agreeing to a huge deal of 7 years 51.5 million dollars with New York, Devils’ fans cursed out his name as he was helping New Jersey’s rival for the next two years. His first year with the Rangers, he posted 70 points, and then 58.
Gomez did not stay with the Rangers long, as he was traded north to the Montreal Canadians. He continued his great offensive play with the Canadians in his first season, recording 59 points. However for Gomez, after the 2009-10 season, his career began to downfall.
In his final 2 years with the Canadians, Gomez’s point totals fell to 38 in 80 games, then 11 points in 38 games. His production on the ice faltered, and Gomez found himself looking for a new team after the Canadians bought him out. The last two seasons, Scott Gomez has strung together two 1 year deals with the San Jose Sharks and then Florida Panthers.
Unable to get back to the old form, the 34 year old winger was again looking for work this summer. New Jersey offering him an invite gives him no guarantee of a roster spot, but is a great business move. A team who struggled to score is giving a chance to one its most prominent scorers in their recent history. The invite really has no risk, but on the small chance that he performs, the reward could be sweet. With Gomez having to fight for a roster spot, he can use it as motivation, that could hopefully kick him back into his old form.
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