Montreal Canadiens: Patience Necessary Before Judging Scott Gomez

December 17th, 2009 by Felix Sicard Leave a reply »
For the Montreal Canadiens, the lack of secondary scoring has been an issue that has been plaguing the club for a few years now, and this season is no different.

What is different this time around, however, is that the player who is not providing scoring depth is being paid $8 million.

Scott Gomez was acquired from the New York Rangers this summer right before the start of free agency for the underachieving Chris Higgins and young defenseman Ryan Mcdonagh. 

Certainly a bizarre move by Bob Gainey, as Gomez wasn't the imposing No. 1 center that the Canadiens had been coveting for the better part of the decade. And to add to that, Gomez came with a hefty $8 million price tag.

Expected to be the Canadiens' No. 1 center at the start of the season, injuries and lack of scoring have conspired against Gomez's effectiveness, and with him struggling a bit, his salary is constantly pointed at by the Montreal media.

However, what people need to understand is that Scott Gomez is not the Canadiens' top center, nor is he a player that can carry the team at times, both of which were wrongly expected of him.

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