Veteran NHL center Scott Gomez of Anchorage was placed on waivers by the Montreal Canadiens today, which could lead to the club buying out his contract and making him an unrestricted free agent.
If Gomez clears waivers at noon Eastern time Thursday, the Canadiens could then buy out the remaining two years on his contact, which would make Gomez, a 12-year vet and two-time Stanley Cup winner a free agent eligible to sign with any team.
The way The Blog understands it, a buyout would mean the Canadiens would have to pay Gomez his pro-rated $5.5 million salary for this season and about $3 million of his $4.5 million salary for the 2013-14 season.
The Canadiens on Sunday sent Gomez home rather than allow him to participate in training camp. That signaled they wanted to end the relationship. At the time, they said he could not play for another other team at any level because, were he to suffer a long-term injury, that would prohibit them from buying him out at the end of this season.
But the NHL and the NHL Players' Association on Tuesday amended the new collective bargaining agreement and allow each team to buy out a player before the season starts on Saturday.
Wouldn't be a surprise if some NHL team offered Gomez a low-rent, one-year deal and gave him a chance.