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Gomez sent home; to be bought out in summer

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Scott Gomez arrived in Montreal in the summer of 2009 as the first step in a rebuilding process for the Canadiens. He left town Sunday in much the same fashion. Gomez was acquired by then-Canadiens general manager Bob Gainey from the New York Rangers on June 30, 2009, one day before the opening of free agency. Gainey has said he used the acquisition of Gomez to prove to a flock of incoming free agents like Brian Gionta and Michael Cammalleri that the Canadiens were ready to be contenders. Less than four years later, new GM Marc Bergevin sent Gomez and his $7.36 million salary cap hit home Sunday to make sure he remains healthy and eligible for a compliance buyout in the summer. It was a move, Bergevin said, that would give his team some relief so it can compete – and perhaps even contend – under the reduced salary cap of $64.3 million coming next season.

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