The St. Louis Blues placed forward Scott Gomez on unconditional waivers Wednesday in order to grant him his release.
Gomez, 36, had been placed on waivers Tuesday and cleared at noon ET Wednesday.
He had one goal and seven assists in 21 games but had been scratched in eight of the past 11. The Blues got forward Kyle Brodziak back in the lineup Tuesday against the Nashville Predators and forward Patrik Berglund is expected to return soon.
"When we went down with all those injuries [early in the season], he was good," coach Ken Hitchcock told the Blues website Tuesday. "It's not fair for him to come and play a role he's never played before. Hopefully somebody picks him up and he can play a top-six or top-nine role and have that support. With Brodziak back in, and obviously Berglund coming back in, he's a player that would just be waiting for injury and that could sometimes be a long wait."
Gomez had 34 points in 58 games last season for the New Jersey Devils, where he began his career and won the Stanley Cup twice. He has 181 goals and 755 points in 1,066 NHL games with the Devils, New York Rangers, Montreal Canadiens, San Jose Sharks, Florida Panthers and Blues.