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He’s back: Scott Gomez will save Montreal’s season

Jan 14, 2012, 11:37 AM EDT

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After sending new scapegoat Mike Cammalleri out of town, an old one returns to the lineup for Montreal tonight.

Scott Gomez will return to the Canadiens’ lineup after being out since November 23 with a lower body injury. Gomez has been the focus of boos and general ill feelings in Montreal surrounding the Habs’ disappointing season. When you make over $7 million against the cap and put up wildly disappointing numbers in a hockey crazed market, these things happen.

Gomez returns to a team that’s in desperate need of things to go right for them. Seeing Gomez return to being a playmaker and penalty killer would do a lot to lift the spirits of the Canadiens, although with how things have gone in Montreal since his arrival, optimism isn’t easy to find.

Through just 13 games this season, Gomez has just four assists and is coming off a disappointing season that saw him net just 38 points last year while also ending up a -15 in plus/minus. If the poor play continues, perhaps Gomez can take a page out of Cammalleri’s book and tell it like it is to get traded himself.

  1. ribs108 - Jan 14, 2012 at 12:34 PM

    I’m sure the wonderfully supportive and classy “Forum Faithful” will be extremely patient with their returning star…until he touches the puck…

  2. dolanster - Jan 14, 2012 at 2:34 PM

    One good French-flavored crack will get him teed for a trade to Columbus or the Islanders. Not sure if that’s a win for him though.

  3. uscthom78 - Jan 14, 2012 at 4:15 PM

    They are also booing him because he’s anglo.

    • bcjim - Jan 14, 2012 at 6:41 PM

      He is not even anglo. Who knows where “Gomez” ranks on the Frenchie superiority scale.

  4. petriskriko - Jan 14, 2012 at 5:03 PM

    Yes, I’m sure Gomez would be nothing but encouraged by the home fans if he played for any other team. It’s only Habs fans that get upset when a $7 million player does absolutely nothing.

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