gomezAccording to capgeek.com  NHL teams will have paid Scott Gomez 61.3 million dollars over his 14 years in the NHL.  That averages out to 4.38 million a year and  354-thousand dollars a goal.

 When the Canadiens play Gomez and the Florida Panthers Saturday night they will still be paying off the final half of their 3-million dollar buyout of Gomez two year contract buyout. 

It must be said at the top of this, you can’t blame Gomez for any of this.  As a hockey player, he is what he is and not what a series of NHL GM’s thought he should be or that they wanted him to be.  

Nothing has changed much in Gomez’ world.  He scored his first goal as a member of the Panthers in the team’s season opener. His second goal of the saeason came 35 games later, March 2st against the Phoenix Coyotes. It was the second longest drought of a 14 year career. Montrealers well remember his year-long 44 game streak here.  

Gomez was a healthy scratch for 18 of 20 games at one stetch during January and February and he cleared waivers at the trade deadline.  The Panthers kept him around however and he’s been in their lineup the last eight games. Season totals now – 41GP 2 goals, 9 assists.  The Panthers are paying Gomez a palatable  900,000 this season so they’re not complaining too much.  

stanley-cup-odds-203You’ll be glad to know that sportsclubstats.com now is saying that, after their 5-4 win in Detroit Thursday night, the chances of the Canadiens making the playoffs are 100%.  However, despite their two point lead over Tampa, the oddsmaker says that, because Tampa continues to hold two games in hand over Montreal, it’s only 37% that the Canadiens will nail down second spot in the Atlantic division and 63% that they will wind up third and lose home ice advantage in the opening series against the Lightning. All of that could change radically if the Canadiens find a way to win in Tampa Tuesday night.

Right now, Toronto is listed as having a 29.2% chance of making the playoffs after their six straight losses. They play in Philadelphia Friday night and then face Detroit at home on Saturday. If the odds hold up, it will be the first time since 1973 that only one Canadian-based team made it to the post season show. The Canadiens were the ones that year, and they won the Cup. (Only Montreal, Toront and Vancouver were part of what was then a 14-team league). The last time there were no Canadian teams in the playoffs was 1969, but in those days there were only two Canadian teams in the league. That year the Canadiens were eliminated on a tie-breaking technicality on the final day of the season. They came back to win the Stanley Cup the next year.