The San Jose Sharks have tendered an offer to unrestricted free agent Scott Gomez, according to the Ottawa Sun.
Gomez was placed on waivers by the Montreal Canadiens on Wednesday, who will be held accountable for his $7.3 million salary.
The forward had a disappointing 2011-2012 season with Montreal, scoring two goals with nine assists in 38 games.
Gomez, who is 33, was a solid player for the Devils and Rangers for the first nine years of his career. He recorded 33 goals and 51 assists with the Devils during the 2005-2006 season.
General manager Doug Wilson has been quoted as saying that the Sharks would not be active in the free agent market before the start of the regular season on Sunday, but it appears like he’s making an exception for Gomez.
Im loving this, Gomez > Handzus. If you read any of the FTF threads about why Gomez should be signed, they made a lot of sense. Gomez has much better playmaking ability than Handzus, they probably have the same amount of speed, but its his puck possession game that lets the play of the puck in the opponents end of the ice is what intrigues me.
Let me ask you this, who would you rather have center your 3rd line in the playoffs Handzus or Gomez? Gomez has always performed well in the playoffs, his last two appearance he put up 18 pts in 26 games. Not too shabby, he will bounce back with whoever he plays with this year.
With the Sharks depleted on defense, their top 9 guys will have to outscore their opponents this season.
If there's multiple teams after him he won't choose the Sharks. If the Sharks are the only ones after him then DW will bid against himself and give him a 1 year 2.5 mill contract because he's a terrible negotiator.
Like others have said, this could be a great low-risk 3rd line pickup if the deal is 1 year and under $1mil. The Sharks' acknowledged biggest weakness is scoring depth, and if Gomez can be even a shadow of his former self, he can be an asset.
1 year $1m would be a fantastic deal. The only downside I can see to it is if he has a fantastic season (relatively speaking), we probably couldn't resign him. Honestly, I don't think I'd be mad if it was a 2 year deal, so long as it's cheap like 1.5m or 2m. We need solid depth, been a big problem the last two years.
In all seriousness I would be fine with Gomez reuniting with Robinson for less than $1mil. He played very well for him, and even at this stage in his career is better than many 3rd/4th liners out there.