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Scott Gomez Signs With New Jersey Devils

Former Habs Scott Gomez

The New Jersey Devils signed forward Scott Gomez to a contract on Monday. The contract terms for Gomez is a 2-way contract . For Gomez to play at the NHL level, his contract will be $550,000 with New Jersey.

” I’m ready” , Scott Gomez said. ” Ready to help out , ready to come back.  I’m excited.”

Scott Gomez was with the New Jersey Devils at training camp on a try-out agreement and has been skating with the team when the Devils have a game at home. Last season, Gomez had 2 goals and 10 assists in 46 games with the Florida Panthers.

Forwards Martin Havlat and Travis Zajac will not travel with the Devils for their game on Tuesday against the Pittsburgh Penguins, creating a need for an extra forward for New Jersey. Travis Zajac has been placed on injured reserve for New Jersey,  retroactive to November 28th.

” He does have skills , he knows the system, he’s been practicing and we will see how it goes” , General Manager Lou Lamoriello said of Scott Gomez , 34 ,  who skated on a line with Jaromir Jagr  and Patrik Elias at practice Monday.

Scott Gomez was selected  by the New Jersey Devils at the 1998 NHL Draft with the 27th pick and spent his first 7 seasons with the New Jersey Devils. Gomez won the Calder trophy in 2000 and helped the Devils win the Stanley Cup in 2000 and in 2003.

” This is where I wanted to be. This is where they know me as a hockey player ” , Scott Gomez said. ” This is where I’ve played my best hockey “. In 14 NHL seasons with the Devils , Canadiens , Rangers , Sharks and Panthers , Gomez has 173 goals and 713 points in 987 games.

” There’s no question, his hockey sense and his passing skills, they’re what is his game is all about”, Lamoriello said of Scott Gomez.

Zajac sustained a lower-body injury in a shootout  loss against the Detroit Red Wings. Havlat also has a lower-body injury. Center  Adam Henrique,  who sustained an upper-body injury in the game against the Red Wings, did not practice with the team on Monday, but has skated on his own and will travel with the team to Pittsburgh on Tuesday.

Defenseman Jon Merrill (arm), who hasn’t played since November 1st , has been cleared  by doctors to return to the lineup.