RealClearSports
Advertisement

Habs Decide They Can't Afford Gomez

AP Photo

BROSSARD — There was no trace of Scott Gomez in the Canadiens' Brossard dressing room Sunday, in body or material reminder, even before most players had arrived for Day One of training camp.

Gomez's stall, beside that of old friend Brian Gionta, was efficiently emptied by equipment staff, all of his gear and personal effects bagged and hauled away by the player himself or placed in storage. His nameplate was gone, replaced by a generic blank.

Above his stall were the faces that have looked down from above him since he arrived in Montreal by trade on June 30, 2009: Hall of Famers Toe Blake, Émile Bouchard and Elmer Lach.

This is the way it is in professional hockey, on any club. If you're sent home, as Gomez was on Sunday, or traded or cut,...

Read Full Article »

Recommended Articles

Now NHL Must Repair the Damage

Bruce Arthur, National Post - January 7, 2013

NEW YORK — Someone said, well, you might as well put your tie on, Shane, so Shane Doan took the blue diamond-checked tie out of his pocket and affixed it around his neck. He did it because the National Hockey League lockout of... more »

Neither Side Won in NHL Labor Battle

Ray Ratto, CSN Bay Area - January 7, 2013

It seems peace has been declared in the NHL Lockout. Not victory – only an idiot would think in those terms. But the real issue now is not who got closer to their wish list filled (probably the NHL Players Association in... more »

As Usual, Answers Elude NHL Bargainers

Michael Grange, Sportsnet Magazine - January 4, 2013

And deeper into the rabbit hole went the NHL season. On the 110th day of the lockout the two sides met briefly at various points through the day and into the early evening, but reserved the real action for the courts, where... more »

When Lockout Ends, Logistical Woes Will Begin

Gregg Krupa, Detroit News - January 3, 2013

On day 109 of the NHL owners' lockout of the players, negotiations continued at the NHL offices in New York, with the players reviewing a response the owners provided late Tuesday. The owners' response was to the reaction of... more »

Burke Bounced Because Leafs Lost

Bruce Arthur, National Post - January 14, 2013

TORONTO — He looked beat. Brian Burke was fired Wednesday after just over four years as the president and general manager of the Toronto Maple Leafs. When he met with the media Saturday he had a cold, sure, but he looked like... more »