Scott Gomez lands tryout with New Jersey Devils

San Jose Sharks Scott Gomez skates during the warm up before facing the Calgary Flames at...

San Jose Sharks Scott Gomez skates during the warm up before facing the Calgary Flames at Scotiabank Saddledome in Calgary, Alberta, Wednesday March 6, 2013. (Al Charest/QMI Agency)

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One of the most exciting forwards in New Jersey Devils history will be trying to make the team’s roster for this upcoming season.

Scott Gomez, who is now a 34-year-old unrestricted free agent, has been invited to the Devils’ training camp on a tryout.

“There were other opportunities and I had some other offers on the other side of it, in TV and stuff like that,” Gomez told Northjersey.com. “I’ve still got a lot to prove. I still want to play.”

He also elaborated on the conversation that he had with Devils general manager Lou Lamoriello.

“For whatever reason, last year didn’t work out,” Gomez said. “I had some other teams call, but we went to Lou (Lamoriello) and I just said, ‘Give me the opportunity to make the team... I want to come back. It’s still there. No one’s writing my script.”

“He gave me the tryout, and now it’s my job to make him keep me,” he went on to say.

The well-travelled forward was originally drafted 27th overall by New Jersey in 1998, and went on to win two Stanley Cups with the team in 2000 and 2003.

The Devils aren’t shy with giving older, experienced players a fair chance, with 42-year-old Jaromir Jagr and Patrick Elias, 38, already on the roster.

That pair could be joined by Gomez, and former Toronto Maple Leafs defenceman Tomas Kaberle who was also invited to camp on a tryout.

Gomez spent last season playing for the Florida Panthers, where he scored just two goals and notched 10 assists in 46 games, on a one-year deal that saw him make $900,000.


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