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Report: Montreal to buy out Gomez contract

Mar 20, 2012, 1:14 PM EST

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According to TVA Sport analyst and former Montreal defenseman Patrice Brisebois, the Canadiens may soon be parting ways with center Scott Gomez.

On Monday night, Brisebois reported (see video here — helps if you speak French) that Gomez informed acquaintances he’s expecting the Habs to buy out the remainder of his deal at season’s end.

Given that Gomez 1) has two years left with an annual cap hit of $7.36 million and 2) is over the age of 26, Montreal would assume his cap hit over a period of four years (twice the remaining length of the contract.) You can see the full workup here.

If the buyout does indeed happen, it’ll be a rather fitting end to one of the most disastrous acquisitions in Canadiens history. Not only did Montreal take on one of the league’s most bloated contracts — they paid a pretty price in doing so, giving up the likes of Pavel Valentenko, Chris Higgins and Ryan McDonagh.

Since coming to Montreal in 2009 Gomez has appeared in 196 games, scoring just 21 goals  while posting a minus-23 rating.

Note: Eric Engels of CTV Montreal brings up a salient point — the Canadiens might be hoping to buy Gomez out, without penalty, if there’s a window of opportunity like there was with the last CBA (see: compliance buyouts).

Or, they could hope the NHL adopts the NBA’s amnesty clause and just get rid of him that way.

  1. rob1986s - Mar 20, 2012 at 1:27 PM

    Are there any other teams who would benefit from buying out a massive contract?

    Some people are clamouring for Vancouver to buy-out or trade Roberto Luongo and make Cory Schneider the starter.

    • govtminion - Mar 20, 2012 at 2:06 PM

      Rick DiPietro.

      ‘Nuff said.

  2. drewsylvania - Mar 20, 2012 at 1:35 PM

    Interesting–I didn’t know that a team could buy out a player by assuming a cap hit over DOUBLE the remaining years of the contract.

  3. matthews4 - Mar 20, 2012 at 2:02 PM

    Let the rebuild begin. It’s not good for hockey when Montreal is not relevant.

    • govtminion - Mar 20, 2012 at 2:07 PM

      You, sir, are obviously not a Bruins fan. ;)

      • 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Mar 20, 2012 at 2:15 PM

        I’d think even Bruins fans would want one of their biggest rivals to put a competitive team on the ice.

    • bcjim - Mar 20, 2012 at 2:15 PM

      Pfft. Doesnt bother me a bit. They won a bunch of cups back when they had to beat 5 other teams.

      Way to go!!!!

      I hope they and their entitled anglophobic fans suffer years more misery, then fold.

      • nothanksimdriving123 - Mar 20, 2012 at 3:08 PM

        I’m not a Habs fan, but foolishness should be answered. Since the start of the expansion era in 1968, when the NHL went to 12 teams and kept on growing, what team has won the most Stanley Cups? Oh yeah, that would be Montreal with 10. TEN. None lately of course, for many reasons, but still, 10 since expansion. Now go do your homework.

    • somekat - Mar 20, 2012 at 2:49 PM

      That may be true if you are from Montreal. The Habs are no more important to hockey than any other team (except southern teams, who are all irrelivant). The habs have been terrible for decades, and hockey has gotten along just fine

      But you should go beat your chest about Cups won in a 8 team league, because that is just amazing to be able to win with a whole 7 other teams to compete against!! My little league had more teams

      • back2backbees - Mar 20, 2012 at 3:01 PM

        what position do you play?

  4. matthews4 - Mar 20, 2012 at 4:33 PM

    I’am Bruins fan but what’s the fun of beating a dead horse. Think about the fact that they are in absolute ruin to the point they have to rebuild should make any Bruin’s fan happy. Happy B’ day #4 Simply the best.

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