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Montreal fans will have Scott Gomez to kick around no matter what

Dec 6, 2011, 11:39 AM EDT

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Montreal fans have been wishing for Scott Gomez to go away ever since he was acquired from the New York Rangers two summers ago. Habs fans’ dreams to have Gomez disappear into the AHL to help make his gigantic $7.357 million cap hit are apparently just pipe dreams.

Francois Gagnon reports (via Marc Antione Godin tweet) that Habs governor Geoff Molson has no intention of demoting Gomez to the AHL and giving the cap strapped Canadiens a break to help them acquire other more useful players.

Let’s just hope that Habs fans haven’t opted to get too sullen about this news. After all, the possibility of trading Gomez with his injury problems and lack of production are virtually impossible. Dumping him in the AHL might be their only recourse (aside from a very expensive buyout), but it appears that Molson is not going to just pile on the cash to pay for more players while one fails to produce.

For what it’s worth, Gomez’s contract runs out at the end of the 2013-14 season. It might be time to order up an extra tall Molson Canadian at Peel Pub after reading that.

  1. mikebel11 - Dec 6, 2011 at 12:25 PM

    A buyout for Gomez really wouldn’t be all that expensive. The Canadiens would only owe him $6.66667 million, almost a full million less than a single season of his contract, saving them nearly $9 million over the next two years. With cap hits of 3.5 in 2012-13, 4.5 in 2013-14 and 1.7 in 14-15 and 15-16. I’d say it’s well worth it to get rid of a player who’s obviously lost his ability to play in the league for any salary. This isn’t a Wade Redden situation where he could play in the league if he wasn’t on such a huge contract. This is a situation where the guy no longer belongs in the league under any contract.

  2. beinhorntwins - Dec 6, 2011 at 3:42 PM

    as a rangers fan, i want to thank you for taking the muffin man off our hands

    • danphipps01 - Dec 6, 2011 at 4:56 PM

      I’m still baffled that Sather wrote that contract. I mean, we all know he’s completely insane, but SEVEN MILLION? The only thing crazier than Glen Sather’s notions of the value of money is the fact that he managed to trick Montreal into taking him.

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