Devils Give Scott Gomez Second Chance
Former Stanley Cup winning New Jersey Devils center Scott Gomez has received an offer to attend training camp on a tryout basis.
Gomez left the Devils back in 2007 to join the New York Rangers on a massive contract worth upwards of 50 million dollars over seven years. Regrettably for Gomez he couldn’t live up to the contract and was traded to Montreal in 2009. After bouncing around from San Jose to Florida Gomez has found his way back to New Jersey.
Although the players, the coaching staff, the arena, and the system may all be different now it is still a place where Gomez may feel comfortable playing and it is a very low risk, decent reward move the Devils. If he performs well in the try out and is able to find a spot on the Devils he can provide a good veteran presence on the ice. Maybe he can even provide a little bit of offense and shootout help to a team that very much needs it.
Quoted from the press release the Devils wrote up, GM Lou Lamoriello said “Scotty and I met a couple of times and he still has the desire to play and he would like to try, I encouraged him that if that’s what he’d like to do, he’d be given every opportunity.
If he doesn’t end up making the team it was still a good chance for the Devils to allow the now humbled former Devil to redeem himself and get a second chance. Either way the Devils are doing a very good thing with Gomez and what a comeback story it would be if he could find his way back to making a difference on the team in which he became a star with in the league.