Florida Panthers sign veteran center Scott Gomez



The Florida Panthers’ slow offseason picked up a touch Wednesday as the team signed veteran center Scott Gomez to a one-year deal worth $900,000.

A two-time Stanley Cup champ with New Jersey, Gomez is expected to be a bottom-six forward for the Panthers as his offensive production has slowed over the past three seasons.

Gomez scored a career-high 33 goals with 84 points with the Devils in 2005-06, yet never scored 20 goals in any other season during his career. Gomez averaged 16 goals and 47 assists in his first 10 NHL seasons with the Devils, Rangers and Canadiens.

In his past three seasons, however, Gomez has averaged just four goals and 16 assists.

Last season, Montreal bought out the final two years of the seven-year, $51.5 million deal Gomez signed with the Rangers in 2007.

Gomez scored two goals with San Jose in 39 games in last year’s lockout-shortened season. Gomez has eight goals with 27 assists in 43 games against the Panthers over his 13-year NHL career.

The Panthers will hold rookie camp starting Sept. 4 with training camp opening a week later.

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