NJ.com- Scott Gomez said he is willing to wait for a spot on the Devils' roster, but doesn't know how long he'll be willing to stick around for a contract.The veteran center has agreed to continue practicing with the team without a contract.
Annnnd we have come full circle. Scott Gomez, the man who left town for the big bucks. The player that signed with the team on the wrong side of river. The disingenuous prick that had nothing but derogatory things to say about a franchise that earned him 2 Stanley Cups. He's back, and now he isn't even getting paid. Leaves for more money, returns for free. Poetic fucking justice.
Personally, I like that the Devils are keeping him around. As much as it pains me to say it, I think given the right circumstances he still has some positive characteristics to offer. While the offensive depth chart is currently a bit crowded, the Devils are one injury away from having a valuable spot for him in the lineup.
Maybe the past is glorified by the successful return of Petr Sykora two short years ago. Maybe Petr's 20 goal season gives me blind hope for Gomez's return. Maybe vision of the glory years of the Gomez-Elias dynamic are dancing in my head. After all, Elias could turn a blind squirrel into an NHL prospect. Brian Gionta can thank St. Patrik for that massive deal he was awarded, but never quite lived up to.
Part of me thinks this is a massive troll job by Mr. Lamoriello. Imagine Lou holds on to him without a contract until Christmas and then leaves a hand written note under his tree that says "You're Cut". Yup, just convinced myself. That's 100% going to happen. You don't fuck with Big Lou. This is all just a big revenge scheme. Lamoriello probably said all the right things in the meeting. Just buttered Gomez's biscuit to keep him around. Just for the opportunity to give him one last 'fuck you' before his career fades to black. What are the odds of this happening? 7,000-1? I'd bet it.
On another note, does Gomez have the driest sense of humor of anyone in the history of the world? In the above interview you can barely tell he's making a joke. He seems like he's on the verge of one the entire video, but leaves the viewer with that awkward 'am I supposed to laugh?' moment. Truth be told, I actually laughed at "I'm certainly not going to lose any hair over it." Although, that probably has more to do with my embarkment on a similar follicle journey than it actually being that funny.