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Report: Gomez meeting with Sharks

Saturday, 01.19.2013 / 1:30 PM

By Tal Pinchevsky - Staff Writer / 2012-13 Opening Day blog

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Report: Gomez meeting with Sharks

Just days after being placed on waivers and subsequently bought out of his contract by the Montreal Canadiens, veteran center Scott Gomez reportedly is meeting with the San Jose Sharks this weekend.

After scoring twice in 38 games last season, Gomez's tumultuous time in Montreal came to an end, leaving the 2000 Calder Trophy winner a free agent. According to ESPN's Pierre LeBrun, a number of teams have since inquired about Gomez, including the Anaheim Ducks and New Jersey Devils, where Gomez started his career. After the Carolina Hurricanes were rumored to be looking at the 33-year-old center, the Raleigh News & Observer reported that they are not interested.

If Gomez comes to San Jose, it will be a reunion of sorts. Sharks assistant coach Larry Robinson was Devils coach during Gomez's first three seasons in New Jersey. The pair won a Stanley Cup together in 2000.

Despite the Sharks' rumored interest in Gomez, they appear to have plenty of centers on their roster. They signed James Sheppard on Friday, adding him to a group that already includes Joe Thornton, Logan Couture, Joe Pavelski, Andrew Desjardins, Michal Handzus, and Tommy Wingels.

Quote of the Day

It was a different game in the past, that's for sure. It's not exactly what I was expecting but I think the experience paid off for a lot of our guys that realized what it takes in a Game 7. Realistically the effort we put forward, we might not even had to put 60 [minutes], but we just couldn't get a couple bounces to go our way and we just kept pushing.

— Capitals goaltender Braden Holtby on Washington's play in Game 7 vs. the Islanders