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Gomez signs one-year deal with Florida Panthers

Doyle Woody,Adn Staff
Los Angeles Kings center Brad Richardson, left, tries to knock the puck away from San Jose Sharks center Scott Gomez during the second period in Game 2 of their second-round NHL hockey Stanley Cup playoff series, Thursday, May 16, 2013, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)
Mark J. Terrill

Scott Gomez of Anchorage, the most decorated and prolific scoring hockey player from Alaska, has signed a one-year deal with the NHL's Florida Panthers, the club announced this morning.

The 33-year-old center lands on his fifth NHL team -- he previously played for the Devils, Rangers, Canadiens and Sharks -- and joins winger Joey Crabb of Anchorage, who earlier this offseason signed a two-year deal with Florida. Gomez and Crabb played together on the Alaska Aces during the NHL lockout last season.

No word on money yet, but Gomez doesn't really need much. He's entering his 14th season in the NHL, and 15th as a pro, and has made more than $60 million in his career. (UPDATE: Former player Nick Kypreos, now in media, reports on Twitter that Gomez gets $900,000.)

Gomez, after being bought out by Montreal when the NHL lockout ended last January, signed with the San Jose Sharks. He put up 2-13--15 totals in 39 regular season games and had two assists in nine playoff games.

Gomez in 941 career NHL games owns 171-530-701 totals. In 149 playoff games, he has gone 29-72--101.

And, of course, he won two Stanley Cups with the Devils and is a former NHL Rookie of the Year.


By DOYLE WOODY, adn.com
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