Canadiens will buy out rest of Scott Gomez’s terrible contract

After the Canadiens formally announced that Chicago Blackhawks assistant GM Marc Bergevin will take over their vacant general manager’s job, Louis Jean of Sportsnet reported on AM 590 in Toronto that Gomez’s contract will in fact be bought out by Montreal.

“It’s been something that’s been talked about so much, the fact that Scott Gomez has not produced,” said Jean on “Brady and Lang”. “This looks like something that will happen even before Bergevin comes in. It’s Geoff Molson saying, ‘OK, let’s get this done.’

“Buying out Scott Gomez … this is a Geoff Molson thing. I think it really shows that this is Geoff Molson’s team.”

Gomez is scheduled to make $5.5 million in 2012-13 and $4.5 million in 2013-14. According to Cap Geek:

Scott Gomez is 32 years old on the buyout date of June 15, 2012, setting the buyout ratio at 2/3 and the total buyout cost at $6,666,667 spread over 4 years. His contract was originally valued at $51,500,000 beginning in 2007 and ending in 2014, with $10,000,000 remaining from the buyout year forward.

26 Responses to Canadiens will buy out rest of Scott Gomez’s terrible contract

  1. HABSSTAR says:

    Well if this is true then all I can say is:

    That's *****en retarded.  So much for hope that there'd be some semblance of competence with a new GM in place.  Let's tie up millions of dollars in cap space over the next 4 years instead of just sending him to the minors along with Kaberlol. 

    Oh well.  It was nice to have hope for about 24 hrs there…

  2. HABSSTAR says:

    Haven't seen this anywhere else on TSN or RDS or anywhere else for that matter.  I'm going to optimistically call this BS and hope they just demote his ass.

  3. reinjosh says:

    Sometimes its about more than simple money and cap space. Bergivin needs to build Montreal's image up to potential FA's and sending Gomez to the minors isn't a way to do that. If it means taking on 1.25 million for two years after his contract ends, that's a small price to pay. 

  4. JoelLeafs says:

    Very good point. Don't want to start your GM career off by mistreating a player. I have a hard time blaming players for bad contracts. If someone wanted me to do my current job for a guaranteed 5 times the salary over the next 5 years I'd be an idiot not to accept. Plus, this lets him potentially play somewhere else.

    Also, though I think it's a bit premature to call BS on this story, I haven't seen it anywhere else and if it really was a Molson decision I think it would have been brought up or hinted at during the press conference introducing Bregvin.

  5. TheLeafNation91 says:

    However…burying Lombardi and Connolly has been very popular by many of you guys on this forum.

    I don't think it matters. Not many UFA's want to go to Montreal or Toronto since the franchises are disasters right now.

  6. JoelLeafs says:

    Leafs aren't in cap trouble and both players only have a year left on their contracts. Frankly, Connolly has been good on the 3rd line and I think Lombardi can have a bounce back year.

    I really haven't seen much on these forums about demoting those two, especially for next year. Unless the cap really becomes a problem for next season (which I doubt) or the leafs really need to roster room, they will both likely continue to play in their current roles next year – barring any trade, of course.

  7. HABSSTAR says:

    Building a winning team will attract more UFA's than using kid gloves on a guy who's very existance is obscene.

    Demote his ass as a statement that there's a new sheriff in town and he plans to win.

  8. HABSSTAR says:

    Also ask Wade Redden what he said to convince Gaborik that NY was ok…

  9. reinjosh says:

    Different city. The Rangers don't have the same pressures that Montreal does. Like it or not, Bergevin has a big job to do rebuilding Montreal's image and sending Gomez to the minors won't do him or the team any favors. 

  10. TheLeafNation91 says:

    There's intense pressure in New York. Not as much as the Canadiens or Leafs. But they're up their in the toughest markets to play.

    New York always signs free agents like no tommorow beacause they're the most attractive franchise in the league. Decent squad, decent weather, beautiful city. New York has qualities that a lot of these franchises cannot meet.

    Even if Montreal and Toronto were half decent.

  11. lafleur10 says:


  12. lafleur10 says:

    these are also the 2 greatest teams in the league and the most loved or hated! lol their is pressure in new york but not to the extent of montreal or toronto ,montreal is the most coveted job in hockey followed by toronto then the rangers,detroit,,boston,chicago ,however montreal and toronto have that mystique and quality that new york can't even meet or match!

  13. TheLeafNation91 says:

    If you win in New York, you'll be idolized by the Rangers faithful. Too say you won't be legendary in New York is kind of foolish since they are the second most valuable franchise in the league with a die hard fanbase.

    Hell, the Rangers still talk about Messier, Richter, and Leetch today. Jagr was loved during his years.

    If they can win this year…Henrik will be legendary. McDonagh and Callahan will start their trails as well.

  14. TheLeafNation91 says:

    Oh yeah, if they're so coveted, then why arent't the masses flocking over to them.

    It's beacause they're not as coveted as we think. I'm not picking on them, it's just we have this unrealistic sense of these teams since Toronto is the largest and Montreal is up there as well.

    Montreal was once the most coveted position in hockey. But since th mid-80's we have seen an impact decline of French-Canadians in hockey (In terms of coaches and actual personnel). That's why Montreal has not been as great of a team since they last won the cup.

    In terms of personnel, well, the greatest signings in the last while appear to be Gionta and Komisarek. Ain't that pretty.

  15. HABSSTAR says:

    We will have to agree to disagree on Gomez.  I know Bergevin has a lot of work to do but primarily it is building a winning team and that means No-Goalmez in the minors.  He should probably find a place in Europe for Kaberlol to go too if he can't find someone to take him off our hands for a 4th round pick. 

    I just don't see how putting him in the minors or even on loan to Europe would hurt Montreal's image.  Taking the money out of the equation, Gomez has played like a minor leaguer for the past two seasons.  It's not as if it's unjustified and it's not as if Montreal gave him that contract…mind you they did trade for it.

  16. reinjosh says:

    It's the cycle they are in. Every team has them. Chicago had it, Detroit had it, Boston had it, now Toronto/Montreal have it. It happens. 

  17. TheLeafNation91 says:

    But if you go back further, what was the last major signing each franchise made?

    For Toronto, it was probably Mogilny or Belfour. Around 10 years ago.

    I can't even name Montreals. You can't argue that Cammallari can bring the same impact as Richards, Gaborik, Hossa, Chara, or Rafalski can bring.

    These franchises have not been able to sign the big fish for a long time now.

  18. HABSSTAR says:

    RDS, or more correctly Renaud Lavoie is saying Crawford is to meet with the Habs as one of the people on their list for head coach.

  19. TheLeafNation91 says:

    I might offer crazy suggestions, but whatever. Apparently the Hawks are desperate for a second-line center…And they might be willing to deal some key players.





    Why the Hawks would do it?

    Well, Grabovski would be a good fit for them. As well, they're looking for some physicality in their top-six D-Men so Holzer will help in that aspect. With an emerging Phillip Danault taking probable third-line duties, this will make them a better team.

    Why the Leafs would do it?

    Were weaker down the middle…But not for long. Bolland is a very good defensive center, will automatically take shut down roles on this. Which Carlyle adores with his third-line. McNeil is not readyet, but he is projected to be a tenacious second-line C.

    If you can draft a good center with the 5th overall pick. Down the middle you could have ?/McNeil/Bolland. Which is pretty solid with a bit of tenacity.

  20. SabresFan220 says:

    Nice try, but I fail to see what Chicago really gains here. Grabovski had 1 really nice season sure, but if you look at what he's being paid now he'll have to continue at that pace to be worth it. Bolland makes less money and has proven to be a game changer as the 3rd line center. The Hawks could be looking for blueliners, but why give up a near NHL ready center for Holzer? He's looking  decent with Marlies, but he's hardly worth more than a 2nd round pick, nevermind McNeill.

  21. TheLeafNation91 says:

    John Jaeckel, blogger for the Hawks, has mentioned numerous times that the Hawks are desperate for a good second-line center. He said he is willing to deal numeous players for that.

    I once was discussing with it. He said 'he' would have dealt a first and McNeill for Grabo if he was locked up, so kind of based it off that.

    Might favored us a bit, but I'm willing to offer them a good defencemen in this deal if that's what they want. I just said Holzer because he's more like the type of d-men they're looking for.

  22. Steven_Leafs says:

    it is a good deal but I cannot see Toronto pulling the trigger after signing Grabo to that extension. Sign and trades are not the way to get free agents to sign with your team.

  23. TheLeafNation91 says:

    You and josh saying that stuff is pure bull crap. I don't know who put that in you're mind, but it's absolutely untrue.

    Has it stopped players flocking to the Rangers? NO.

    What about the Leafs and Jeff Finger? NO.

    What about Flyers getting Versteeg, then dumping him to Florida? Bryzgalov still went there.

  24. Steven_Leafs says:

    yeah because Jeff Finger is a great example, lol.

  25. TheLeafNation91 says:

    Well, they signed him…Quickly send him to the minors after not a horrible season. They still signed Beauchemin and Komisarek in the offseason.

  26. SabresFan220 says:

    You may be right, however as a Sabres fan I certainly hope that Chicago wouldn't willingly fleece themselves. Bolland is as good a 3rd line center as their is in the league. He wouldn't work as a 2nd line guy and the Leafs have 3 3rd line centers, Connolly, Steckel, and Lombardi. Sure one of them may get moved, but not 2 outta 3. You could use Steckel as a 4th liner I guess, but it seems like a waste.

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