|Scott Carlos Gomez
Height: 5' 11", Weight: 200 pounds
Born: 12.23.79 Anchorage, Alaska
|How he arrived: Via Entry Draft
How he left: Signed as a free agent by the New York Rangers, 7.1.07
How he returned: Signed as a free agent, last playing with the Florida Panthers, 12.1.14
How he left again: Not resigned, future destination TBD
|Regular Season Statistics with the Franchise
Stats in bold signifies team leader.
Gomez was at one time probably the most hated Devils alum out there... but I'm not talking about THAT. It's over and
done with, and I'd rather focus on the positives.
Such as his puck handling skills and his speed coming up the ice adding a different element to the Devils offense when
he joined the team. It would lead him to 51 assists, an All-Star Game appearance, and the Calder Trophy in 2000... oh,
and the Cup, too. :P
He remained an integral part of the team throughout his tenure in New Jersey, but he raised his game in a huge way in
05-06 with the absence of Patrik Elias for half the season and being paired with Brian Gionta. He would reach a career
high in goals (33) and points (84) that year.
During that offseason, though, is where troubles began off the ice, all over his pay. An arbitrator ruled for Gomez to
receive a 1-year, 5 million dollar deal for 06-07. So when he became a UFA the following offseason, it was clear that
Lou Lamoriello wasn't gonna resign him.
So he signed with the Rangers. Probably the only team that could afford him... And the one team nobody wanted to
see him sign with. While he did have a good season that first one there, he hadn't been the same since, even with the
Canadiens. While in Montreal, much was made by the media and fans about a personal goal drought that extended for
over a full calendar year, probably unfairly, as he's a playmaker, not a goal scorer. (He just happened to be paid like a
After he became one of the first players to be a compliance buyout "victim," (That seems like a strong word, really,
for this.) he had been trying to piece his career back together, first with San Jose, then with Florida, before returning to
the Devils and showing glimpses of what once was, even tying for the team lead in assists in spite of not being able to
resign with them until December.
The following season, Gomez attended the St. Louis Blues' training camp on a PTO. He would make the team and
play with them for the first couple months of the season. After their regulars came back, he was waived and bought
out, enabling him to sign a PTO with the AHL's Hershey Bears. Come March, he was granted a release from his PTO
and signed with the Senators for the remainder of the season, and ultimately his career.
He would announce his retirement the end of August, 2016.
|Entry Draft: 1998 First Round Pick (27th overall) by the
New Jersey Devils
|Playoff Statistics with the Franchise