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It’s official: Sharks to sign Gomez — one year, $700,000

Jan 23, 2013, 3:11 PM EST

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After a lengthy courting process, the San Jose Sharks are finally ready to sign Scott Gomez.

Terms of the deal, courtesy CSN Bay Area’s Kevin Kurz — one year, $700,000 — will be made official on Wednesday.

The salary is a slight haircut from Gomez’s last deal (in case you hadn’t heard, he was making $7.36 million annually) but does provide an opportunity to play hockey again after Montreal severed ties with him via contract buyout.

Gomez has spent much of the past week meeting and skating with the Sharks. Where he fits into the lineup remains to be seen.

ESPN’s Pierre LeBrun reports he’s slated to center the third line — possibly between wingers Tommy Wingels and T.J. Galiardi — and could see some time on San Jose’s second power play unit as well.

Sharks head coach Todd McLellan likes what he’s seen from Gomez in terms of desire to resurrect his career.

“My interaction with him so far, he’s coming across as a very hungry player, a guy that would love to prove himself right before he proves everybody else wrong,” McLellan told the San Jose Mercury News. “And that’s a pretty strong motivator.”

If there’s one area Gomez can really help San Jose with, it’s playoff experience. He’s appeared in 140 postseason conference, been to three Stanley Cup finals (winning twice) and, most recently, scored 14 points in 19 games during Montreal’s surprising run to the 2010 Eastern Conference finals.

Of note, Gomez’s coach during one of his Stanley Cup victories in New Jersey was Larry Robinson — currently serving as one of McLellan’s assistants in San Jose.

Update: Gomez will wear No. 23 with the Sharks.

  1. 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Jan 23, 2013 at 3:26 PM

    So now he’s only getting paid a couple hundred thousand per goal.

    • rpiotr01 - Jan 23, 2013 at 4:07 PM

      How are there so many thumbs down for this? Pitch perfect, sir.

      • 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Jan 23, 2013 at 4:15 PM

        Perhaps it’s too easy, but I couldn’t resist.

    • dcfan4life - Jan 23, 2013 at 4:19 PM

      Ya know he has been so mediocre of late but this deal at that price in a shortened player for a skilled player with tons of potential is pretty much risk free. If he scores 10 goals this was a steal, and hes capable of that even now.

  2. windmiller4 - Jan 23, 2013 at 3:34 PM

    Good signing by the sharks, a low risk player with potential to help the offense.

  3. islanders1 - Jan 23, 2013 at 3:50 PM

    Do not forget he gets his full salary this season from Montreal + 770k from the Sharks. Now it all gets prorated based on 48 games. IT does not look like based on early attendance that the player are going to owe any escrow $$. So $4 million from Montreal and $400 k from Sharks not bad for 48 games.

  4. buddysguys - Jan 23, 2013 at 4:06 PM

    he is a bum

  5. elrock7 - Jan 23, 2013 at 4:13 PM

    Gomez from the Adams family could help a team more than this stiff. I cant remember any player who skates around so much but does so very little.

  6. supr49er - Jan 23, 2013 at 4:38 PM

    I’ll see firsthand on Saturday. It seems like a reasonable gamble, plus I doubt Larry Robinson will tolerate loafing.

  7. steelers88 - Jan 23, 2013 at 4:46 PM

    Maybe a change of scenery will do Gomez some good. Also maybe the players the Sharks have like Joe Thorton, Joe Pavelski, Patrick Marleau, Logan Coture, and Ryan Clowe can all take the pressure off of Gomez to score. He might actually get better scoring opportunities to score playing with these players. Something Gomez didn’t have in Montreal.

  8. valoisjoeybfeld69 - Jan 23, 2013 at 5:45 PM

    I think this is a very bad investment. Why take away a spot that can be used to grow a younger player?

    • pandorasdadca - Jan 23, 2013 at 6:41 PM

      Because this is a win-win for the Sharks. Either he’s a bust and they let him go without having to cough up much dough, or he gets it done and he’s a steal for a team that need more secondary scoring.

  9. puckdog - Jan 23, 2013 at 7:48 PM

    The Sharks are competing for a Cup and he has been there. He’s also very motivated to prove he can still play. I say thumbs up.

    • icelovinbrotha215 - Jan 24, 2013 at 7:15 AM

      You assume he is motivated. You hope he is but we have seen many times where some guys don’t have it in them. I do see him helping the Sharks. There is plenty of support around him so there isn’t the pressure of him coming to be the ‘hero.’

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