The embarassing decline in Scott Gomez‘ hockey career appears to have bottomed out. Deemed to be a distraction in the Canadiens dressing room Gomez has been toldto stay home by the hockey club.  He will not be part of the team although the Canadiens will continue to pay him and his contract will count against the salary cap. The move is reminiscent of the Georges Laracque buyout two years ago.

The Canadiens rationale is, they don’t want Gomez hurt before they can buy out his contract during the summer; a process they could not entertain last June because Gomez was recovering from a concussion.  Under the CBA, injured players cannot be bought out or traded while injured. It’s dangerous to speculate but there are suspicions that Gomez arrived at Brossard this weekend with a groin problem he picked up while playing with the Alaska Aces of the East Coast Hockey League.  He was in and out of the Alaska lineup five times since late November, ultimately missing nine of his last 12 games.  Considering the ultimate decision on Gomez was made Sunday morning, it’s possible he did not pass the Saturday medical examination. Gomez’s salary for 2012-13 is $5.5 million with a cap hit of $7.357 million.  That figure is pro-rated to a shortened ninety-nine day season.  In 2013-2014,  he’s due 4.5 million in real dollars , the final year of his seven year contract. So ends the Gomez era and one of the worst trades in Montreal Canadiens history, one that saw among other things, bluechip defenceman Ryan McDonagh and forward Chris Higgins sent to the Rangers, a deal that will forever be the unfortunate defining moment in the tenure of Bob Gainey as Canadiens general manager. In other news from the training camp…. …..Tomas Plekanec did not take part in first day training camp scrimmaging.  Plekanec is bothered by a rib injury suffered three weeks ago in the Czech Extraliga.    Defenceman Mike Commodore, who is in Canadiens camp on a professional tryout contract, also did not skate.  He is bothered by a minor injury.  Forward Petteri Nokelainen also didn;t skate.  He has a back problem. ……The Canadiens have also asked AHL waivers on goaltender Cedrick Desjardians and leftwinger Alain Berger.  Desjardins was signed by the Canadiens as an unrestricted free agent in the off-season and was projected to be the third goaltender on their depth chart behind Carey Price and Peter Budaj.   He has had injury difficulties in Hamilton and recently has lost the number one job to  Robert Mayer.  The Swiss-born Berger never was able to translate a good final season in junior hockey to the pros.  He was recently sent to Wheeling of the ECHL
. …..Former Canadien forward Mathieu Darche has been invited to the New Jersey Devils training camp.
,,,,,,,The team has invited fans to an intrasquad game Thursday night at the Bell Centre.  Entrance will be free.  The Canadiens will call up forwards Louis Leblanc, Patrick Holland, Michael Bournival, and Michael Blunden along with defenceman Frederic St-Denis  from Hamilton for the game.