Gomez almost ready to return


Scott Gomez joined his teammates for practice Monday morning, and got off the line of the day:
When asked if he were cleared for contact, Gomez said: “Kinda … I tend to avoid it anyway.”

Gomez was clearly delighted to be back in the room with his teammates, saying “it’s terrible skating by yourself.”

As the speculation on his place in the Canadiens’ crowded depth chart at centre, Gomez said: “They tell you where to play, that’s where you play.”

With a grinning Carey Price within earshot, Gomez added: “Except goalie … I’d quit right away.”

Asked about his role as mentor to young centres Lars Elller and David Desharnais, Gomez said “It’s the way I was brought up in this league. (Eller and DD) are great guys and I’m thrilled for them.”

With tongue firmly in cheek, Gomez described Eller and Desharnais as “cheap guys”.

“I don’t know if I’m teaching them anything or just paying for dinner.”

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Andre Kostitsyn left practice early.

He sustained an undisclosed injury against the Rangers, and AK46 is a definite maybe for the Edmonton game on Tuesday night.

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11 a.m. upddate: Scott Gomez is skating with his teammates, while wearing a light-blue jersey connoting extra-forward status.

Andrei Kostitsyn left practice early, however, so Gomez is skating at centre with Lars Eller and Travis Moen as his wings.

The other three lines are intact: DD-Erik Cole-Mike Cammalleri, Pleks-Max-Pac-Brian Gionta, Petteri Nokelainen-Mike Blunden-Mathieu Darche

Alexei Emelin is in a defence pairing with Hal Gill. The other duos are Jaro Spacek-P.K. Subban and Josh Gorges-Yannick Weber.

Raphael Diaz would seem to be the extra Dman, suggesting Emelin will draw in against Edmonton Tuesday night.

Power-play units: Pleks and Weber at the points with DD, Cole and Max-Pac | P.K. and Diaz behind Cammalleri, Gionta and Darche.

Penalty-killers: Eller, Moen, Gill and Gorges | Spatcho, Emelin, Nokelainen and Blunden

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