Scott Gomez attended an informal practice with his Habs teammates in Brossard, a Montreal suburb, on Friday, Jan. 11, 2012. (Pierre-Paul Poulin/QMI Agency)
BROSSARD, QUE. - In cities across North America, they welcomed their NHLers back with open arms Sunday.
Well, almost all of them.
In Montreal, rookie general manager Marc Bergevin made what was perhaps the most noteworthy move of this new NHL era, telling veteran forward Scott Gomez to stay home.
Bergevin moved to begin the process of mitigating the damage of one of the worst trades in Habs' history. Gomez will not play this season and the Canadiens will buy out the last year of his contract next summer. They will still be on the hook for his $7.35 million cap hit this season, but out from under next year when the cap drops from about $70 million to $64.3 million.