Twelve-year NHL veteran center and unrestricted free agent Scott Gomez is in San Jose meeting with San Jose Sharks coaches and management, according to multiple reports.
Comcast SportsNet NHL analyst Bred Hedican tweeted a photo of Gomez at Sharks practice and spoke with general manager Doug Wilson, who said there's "no deal yet for Gomez," but that the Sharks are "seeing if this is a good fit for him and us." According to (Canada) Sportsnet's Nick Kypreos, Gomez may also meet with the Anaheim Ducks.
Gomez, an Alaska native who played in 11 games with the ECHL's Anchorage Aces during the lockout, was also going through a physical examination, according to Hedican. Gomez went on the ice in a Sharks jersey following the team's morning practice.
The 33-year-old Gomez still had two years and more than $14 million remaining on his contract with the Montreal Canadiens, but -- as part of the new CBA -- he was one of the first two "accelerated compliance buyouts," and is free to join another team.
Gomez was the 2000 Calder Trophy winner with the New Jersey Devils. His coach that season, Larry Robinson, is in his first season as an associate coach with San Jose. Gomez tallied a career-high 84 points (33 G, 51 A) in the 2005-06 season, but he registered just 11 points (2 G, 9 A) in 38 games with the Canadiens last year.
In 902 career NHL games, Gomez has 169 goals and 517 assists for 686 points and 580 penalty minutes.
The Sharks are set to board a team charter on Saturday afternoon, and open the season on Sunday in Calgary.