Earlier today the Florida Panthers signed centerman Scott Gomez to a one-year, $900,000 contract for the upcoming season.
His previous contract, which was a one-year deal with the San Jose Sharks last season, was for $700,000. The Panthers must have liked what they saw out of him last season and were willing to give him a little more money. Also, with the Sharks having pretty much no cap room left, it was unlikely Gomez would be rejoining San Jose.
As many San Jose Sharks fans may know, Gomez did not perform as many had hoped. He lingered mainly on the bottom two lines throughout the season and while he did have flashed of brilliance, did not make a huge impact, especially on a team that struggled to score all season.
In fact, his biggest impact was seen on the second power play unit where he displayed poise with the puck and a playmaking ability that was absent in five-on-five situations.
As a member of the Sharks last season Gomez had two goals and 13 assists in 39 games during the shortened regular season. His -10 rating was the worst on the team as well, even though he played limited minutes all season. Then, during the playoffs he played in nine of the Sharks’ 11 regular season games and registered two assists.