There has been a lot of trade chatter surrounding Vancouver Canucks goalie Roberto Luongo lately, but the first major transaction this NHL season will happen a few thousand miles south in San Jose. The Sharks are reportedly very close to signing unrestricted free agent, but while there were reports that Gomez would be signed on Tuesday it appears a deal won’t be made until Wednesday.
Sharks head coach Todd McLellan spoke about Gomez on Tuesday, saying he was very impressed with the 33-year old center.
“My interaction with him so far, he’s coming across as a very hungry player, a guy that would love to prove himself right before he proves everybody else wrong,” McLellan said, “and that’s a pretty strong motivator.”
While Gomez struggled in Montreal the past few seasons, McLellan says that was merely circumstantial and should Gomez come to San Jose, those problems shouldn’t be an issue.
“Scotty has had a tough couple years, no doubt about it,” McLellan said. “Everybody knows what’s happened to him as far as his play and his health in Montreal. He’s looking for a fresh start.”
Many thought that Gomez would be signed on Tuesday but the Sharks are in Edmonton to play the Oilers and the deal is expected to be announced tomorrow when the Sharks return home. Captain Joe Thronton said he was excited to add Gomez to the team, and thinks he can help take the Sharks to the next level.
“He’s had some hard luck in the past,” Thornton noted. “You watch and you see how talented he is. He just has to be in the right situation. Hopefully this can work out for him. He would be a nice pick-up for us.”