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Source: Scott Gomez Signs One Year Deal With San Jose Sharks

scottgomezThe San Jose Sharks have made a move. Let’s check out the report from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN.Com

The San Jose Sharks will sign free-agent center Scott Gomez to a one-year, $700,000 prorated deal on Wednesday, a source told ESPN.com.

Gomez played for the Montreal Canadiens in the last three seasons. However, he was bought out by the Canadiens last week and became an unrestricted free agent. The team will still pay him his $5.5 million (pro-rated) salary for this season. In addition to that, the Canadiens will pay Gomez $1.5 million in 2013-14 and 2014-15. The Canadiens carry Gomez’s bought out cap hit of $6,457,143 for this season, but won’t have it on their salary cap for next season. The compliance buyout rule was adjusted for Gomez and Wade Redden, to enable them to become free agents rather than sitting at home.

There will be a familiar face in the Sharks that Gomez can look to. Sharks associate coach Larry Robinson was Gomez’s coach when they were both with the New Jersey Devils.

Gomez played 38 games last year with the Montreal Canadiens and had two goals and nine assists. Over his career, Gomez has had 169 goals and 517 assists in 902 games. He is expected to center the third line with the San Jose Sharks. The Sharks, who are 2-0 so far this season, hope to improve upon last season, when they were eliminated in the first round of the postseason. The Sharks fell to the St. Louis Blues in five games.

The Sharks play the Phoenix Coyotes on Thursday night.

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Rey Moralde is a Southern California native who has a passion for basketball, old-school video games, sushi, and terrible pop music.

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