Category Archives: Free Agents

Gomez continues his evaluation period with the Sharks

Free agent forward Scott Gomez continues his evaluation period with the Sharks, and for the first time skated with the full team on Monday in Edmonton. Gomez was wearing a teal jersey with the other bottom six forwards and scratches.

A decision on Gomez is not expected until Tuesday at the earliest. The Sharks are evidently making sure that Gomez is in top physical condition before they take a chance on the former Montreal Canadiens player who was recently bought out of the final two years of his contract.

Head coach Todd McLellan was impressed with Gomez on Monday.

San Jose Sharks have not made decision on Scott Gomez

Unrestricted free-agent forward Scott Gomez flew here with the Sharks for their season opener Sunday, but a decision on his future with the team might take another few days.

However, coach Todd McLellan made it clear he didn’t see Gomez’s presence as a distraction.

“Everybody right now is so focused on game one and excited about it,” McLellan said before Sunday’s 4-1 Sharks win over Calgary. “Having Scott around and having him make his decision on whether he likes our environment and whether we like him in our environment is a great opportunity for us over the next couple of days.”

Gomez, 33, seemed fine with the situation as it was and the potential chance to play for the Sharks.

“You always hear about San Jose and you never hear anything bad about the organization,” he said. “We’ll see what happens.”

http://www.insidebayarea.com/sharks/ci_22414870

Gomez likely to sign with Sharks.

Unrestricted free agent Scott Gomez has travelled with the San Jose Sharks to Calgary, but he has still not signed a contract with the team.

The Sharks open their season against the Flames on Sunday night, while Gomez is scheduled for more testing.

Could Ducks be looking to bring in Gomez?

Scott Gomez, a 12-year veteran with 686 career points and two Stanley Cups on his resume, is now officially on the market and the Ducks have only Ryan Getzlaf and Saku Koivuas proven NHL centers.

Might seem like a perfect match to make, right? Perhaps, if it was the 2005-06 Gomez or even the 2009-10 version.

But the 33-year-old veteran is coming off two horrific seasons with Montreal, which will end his tumultuous time in La Belle Province by buying him out of his large contract after he cleared waivers Thursday.

Blues snap up Redden

Wade Redden, Scott Gomez bought out; who wants them?

Both players would’ve just stayed home and collected their paychecks had the NHL and NHLPA not agreed to activate the buyout rule before the offseason, which was the initial plan. The change in course allows for an early fresh start for everyone involved, and that’s a good thing.

Redden is likely to pick a new team on Friday, TSN.ca’s Darren Dreger reported. Clubs “kicking the tires,” according to TSN.ca’s Bob McKenzie: the Los Angeles Kings, St. Louis Blues, Toronto Maple Leafs and Florida Panthers. The Anaheim Ducks and Carolina Hurricanes are considering Gomez, according to McKenzie.

Both can still apparently contribute, previous ridiculous contracts aside. Redden, an offensive defenseman, was productive in the AHL, where the Rangers stashed him to avoid his salary cap hit. Gomez’s offensive abilities cratered after the Canadiens acquired him (from the Rangers, not coincidentally) in 2009, but he still could play in the bottom six.

http://aol.sportingnews.com/nhl/story/2013-01-17/wade-redden-scott-gomez-buyouts-rangers-canadiens-maple-leafs-rumours

Remaining Top Unrestricted Free agents

With the NHL season set to open this weekend (about time) there are still several players who are Unrestricted Free agents that are out there who could help many teams out. Players such as Arnott and Huselius could still provide a veteran presence to any team.

Check out our list of the available remaining UFA’s.

 

Red Wings discussing whether Wade Redden would be a fit

The Detroit Red Wings want to improve their defense and are looking at Wade Redden as a possible solution.

The decision is being discussed internally, especially with assistant coach Tom Renney, who coached Redden in 2008-09 with the New York Rangers.

The Rangers made a big splash signing Redden to a six-year, $39-million deal in 2008, but things got so sour after two seasons that Redden spent 2010-11 and ’11-12 in the minors. The Rangers have until Saturday’s start of the 2013 season to buy out his contract, which would give Redden, 35, a shot at finding a new employer.