The St. Louis Blues on Wednesday signed center Scott Gomez to a one-year contract and placed center Patrik Berglund on long-term injured reserve.
Gomez, 35, came to training camp on a professional tryout contract after scoring seven goals and 34 points in 58 games last season with the New Jersey Devils. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported he got a two-way contract worth $575,000 at the NHL level and $200,000 at the American Hockey League level.
"He gives us really good insurance that if something happens to one of our top two centers, he can go in there," general manager Doug Armstrong said in comments tweeted by the Blues.
Gomez, the 27th pick in the 1998 NHL Draft, has 180 goals and 747 points in 1,045 games for the Devils, New York Rangers, Montreal Canadiens, San Jose Sharks and Florida Panthers.
Berglund injured his right shoulder training for the 2015-16 season and had surgery Aug. 25. The initial plan was for him to be re-evaluated four months after the procedure.
He had 12 goals and 27 points in 77 regular season games with the Blues last season, and two goals and four points in six games in the Stanley Cup Playoffs. In 513 regular-season games, Berglund, 27, has 118 goals and 247 points.