Ottawa Senators general manager Bryan Murray provides some insight after it was announced earlier today that the team had come to terms with Scott Gomez on a contract for the remainder of the regular season.
From the GM...
We feel the addition of Scott brings in a veteran presence and provide us depth at the centre position for the remainder of the season.
Murray was vocal about wanting to add another centreman to the mix after announcing that the team would be "shutting down" the team's #1 centre Kyle Turris due to a high ankle sprain.
We wanted to bring in another centre, be it via trade or signing and Scott’s addition will accomplish that for us. While we know he won’t be available should we be able get into the playoffs, we’re confident that Scott can provide us some valuable minutes until Kyle Turris is able to return to the lineup.
As mentioned above, Gomez would be ineligible to play in the NHL playoffs as a result of signing his contract after the trade deadline. His contract carries a value of $575,000 and runs through to the end of this season.
More from the official release...
Gomez, 36, began the season with the St. Louis Blues, scoring one goal and adding seven assists in 21 games. Following his release from St. Louis, he signed a professional tryout in January with the American Hockey League’s Hershey Bears, where he scored four goals and added 20 assists for 24 points in 18 games. Gomez exercised his release from his PTO on Tuesday.
In 1,066 career regular season games, Gomez has recorded 755 points, including 181 goals and 574 assists. He is a two-time Stanley Cup champion, after having won with New Jersey in 2000 and in 2003.