New Jersey Devils GM Ray Shero confirmed that Scott Gomez and Steve Bernier will not return in 2015-16, according to the Newark Star-Ledger.
It’s a reasonable enough choice, especially with Shero not having the same emotional connection to Gomez that Lou Lamoriello had. (Shero basically give the “it’s not him, it’s us” speech, noting the younger players waiting in line for chances.)
This brings up an interesting question, though: will any other GM give Gomez (in particular) a shot? He managed 34 points in 58 games, pretty good for a guy who was basically begging for a job heading into the 2014-15 season.
Gomez believes that output proves he can hang with pros even at 35, according to the Bergen Record.
“I found out from my agent (Friday) morning,” Gomez said today. “It is what it is. The thing is I know I can play. I’ve proven that. I know I can play at this level. I know I can contribute. But, it’s time to focus on somewhere else.”
With scoring as tough to come by as it is these days, that really isn’t terrible production.
Still, he is 35. Even though he essentially argued that he’s a young 35, that’s the exact mark where teams balk at contracts … especially deals that exceed one season.
In other words, it remains to be seen if Gomez will get another chance to prove himself.