Scott Gomez’s NHL career isn’t over yet.
The former Canadien, who will turn 34 on Dec. 23, has signed a one-year contract with the Florida Panthers after posting 2-13-15 totals in 39 games with the San Jose Sharks last season to go along with a minus-10.
“Scott is a veteran centre who adds further depth to the middle of our lineup,” Panthers GM Dale Tallon said on the team’s website. “He is a quick and skilled forward, with a wealth of hockey experience, including two Stanley Cup titles, who will be a leader for our younger players.”
The Bodog betting website has the Panthers listed as the biggest longshot to win the Stanley Cup next season at 150-1 odds. The Panthers make their first visit to the Bell Centre next season on Sunday, Dec. 15.
The Canadiens bought out the last two years of Gomez’s seven-year, $51.5-million contract on the first day of training camp last season.
Former Canadiens GM Bob Gainey acquired Gomez – and his contract – from the Rangers before the 2009-10 season in a seven-player deal that sent 2007 first-round draft pick Ryan McDonagh to New York. McDonagh, a defenceman, posted 4-15-19 totals in 47 games last season and was plus-13.
In 941 career games, Gomez has 171 goals and 530 assists for 701 points.
(Gazette file photo/Dave Sidaway)