|Canadiens preparing to part ways with Gomez|
|Written by Admin|
|Sunday, 13 January 2013 10:35|
General manager Marc Bergevin said at the opening of training camp that he will buy out the center's contract next summer to remove his team-high $7.3 million salary cap hit from the books. Under the new collective bargaining agreement signed Saturday, the cap is to plunge by about $10 million next season, but teams will be allowed two ``amnesty'' buyouts to help reach the cap.
However, if a player is injured, he cannot be bought out. Bergevin said it was safest for the team that Gomez not play this season.
``I have nothing against Scott Gomez,'' he said. ``It was the best thing for the future of the team.''
Gomez has been a disappointment on the ice the last two seasons. Last season, the 33-year-old was limited to 38 games by injuries and had two goals and nine assists.