The Ottawa Senators on Wednesday signed center Scott Gomez to a prorated $575,000 contract for the remainder of the 2015-16 regular season.
Gomez, 36, had one goal and eight points in 21 games for the St. Louis Blues earlier this season before being released. He then signed with Hershey of the American Hockey League, where he had four goals and 24 points in 18 games. Gomez exercised his release from the AHL contract on Tuesday.
The Senators will be without center Kyle Turris indefinitely because of a high ankle sprain. They entered Wednesday five points behind the Pittsburgh Penguins for the second wild card into the Stanley Cup Playoffs from the Eastern Conference. The Penguins have two games in hand, and the Senators would have to climb three other teams in the standings. If they did make the playoffs, Gomez would not be eligible, according to Sportsnet.
Gomez was the 27th pick in the 1998 NHL Draft by the New Jersey Devils, with whom he won the Calder Trophy in 2000 and the Stanley Cup in 2000 and 2003. He has 181 goals and 755 points in 1,066 regular-season games with the Devils, New York Rangers, Montreal Canadiens, San Jose Sharks, Florida Panthers and Blues. He has 29 goals and 101 points in 149 Stanley Cup Playoff games.