The San Jose Sharks have signed free agent forward Scott Gomez today to a one-year deal worth $700,000, first reported by ESPN.
Gomez traveled and practiced with the Sharks on their road trip in Calgary and Edmonton, but did not play in either game.
Head coach Todd McLellan has had nothing but nice things to say about Gomez.
“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.”
Gomez was placed on waivers by the Montreal Canadiens last Wednesday, who will be held accountable for his $7.3 million salary.
The forward had a disappointing 2011-2012 season with Montreal, scoring two goals with nine assists in 38 games.
Gomez, who is 33, was a solid player for the Devils and Rangers for the first nine years of his career. He recorded 33 goals and 51 assists with the Devils during the 2005-2006 season.
Consequently, the Sharks released forward Tim Kennedy. Kennedy was acquired in a trade in January of 2012, and has spent the majority of his time in San Jose with the minor-league affiliate Worcester Sharks.