February 5, 2011.
That was the last time Gomez has scored a goal, even in the playoffs.
Gomez showed promise in his first season with the Habs back in '09-10 as he was in a new team with a new system. He got 12 goals and 47 assists for 59 points. His plus/minus was a plus-3.
Last season, in his second year with the Habs, he got 31 assists, but after playing 80 games he only had seven goals to add to his 38 points and a plus/minus of minus-15.
Those were the worst numbers on all categories in his career.
In the playoffs, he only managed to get seven helpers and no goals, so the drought is that much worse seeing that most people only count the regular season.
Gomez is en route to make some of those numbers worse after playing 22 games this season.
The one-year anniversary of that goal is today, and Gomez has an opportunity to get a tally on the board and end one of the longest goal droughts in Canadiens history for a center.
This is among the worst teams to say that a center has gone through such a drought.
The Bleu, Blanc et Rouge faithful are a goal hungry bunch. To them, offense is everything, and they are not happy when the opposing goal light is not lit more than their beloved teams is.
Having a center with a $7.35 million cap hit makes the situation all the more magnified that this doesn't make sense.
The problem that the Montreal front office has is that if they want to rid of Gomez, how do you remove a player with such a cap hit? Not to mention he has a no-trade clause and can reject three teams that he does not want to be traded to.
In all likelihood, you can't.
The issue is largely on Gomez, that is with no doubt. The other side of the coin is that Gomez's past teams have not been all skill and goals.
The Devils have been all about patience, defence and waiting until the other team makes a mistake.
The Rangers were all-star talent in the past, but Gomez joined them in the cap era so there was more balance in the team during his stay in the Big Apple.
This team's system just may not be a fit for Gomez, but he'd better get on his horse because you can only blame a system to a point. That point, I believe, has far past and done with.
So are you going to the anniversary game? Will Gomez score and get this monkey...no...800 lb gorilla off his back?
Apparently, someone made a website on this.
For Gomez's sake, this counter will stop sooner than later.
This is Cory Ducey saying "Hit hard, and pray for Gomez."
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