In a surprise move, the Montreal Canadiens General Manager announced earlier today that veteran forward Scott Gomez has been sent down to the Hamilton Bulldogs in view of his dismal performance. At the same time, the Habs have recalled Nigel Dawes who recently scored his second hat-trick with the Bulldogs.
Gomez has been the talk of the media (RDS's favourite whipping boy) and the fans due to his sub-par performance this year. In 76 games this season, Gomer, as he is fondly known by his fellow teammates, has accumulated 7 goals and 29 assists for a total of 36 points. While his two way abilities have always been touted by the organization, Scotty has been a disappointing -16 in his 11th NHL Season.
Coach Jacques Martin refused to comment on this bold and surprising move by the organization and in his regular fashion, was seen taking notes in his notebook while standing at the practice today. Some media members who witnessed the event claimed that he seemed furious in his writings, but others were reporting the event as a regular Jacques Martin moment, that is, nothing happened.
General Manager Pierre Gauthier was unavailable for comments as well. Whispers from the room could be heard and a player who asked this reporter to not publish his name expressed his gratitude and said: "I felt like I was spiraling in a black-hole whenever Gomer carried the puck in the offensive zone, I mean I love the guy, don't get me wrong, we have got great history together, but he was simply unable to get the puck to me whenever I was in a position to score and that frustration was starting to show in my play. I trust Desharnais, with whom I'll be playing now should do a great job and I hope Gomer can get back to his game and return to the team before the playoffs."
For all of us fans out there, I'd say it's time to stack up on the Sports Memorabilia showing Gomer's number 91 or this Scott Gomez action figure (can't believe they have one of these) --- we have hopefully seen the last of him.
Oh and Happy April Fool's day folks. GO HABS GO.