Update: ESPN.com’s Pierre LeBrun suggests the San Jose Sharks could still decide against signing UFA Scott Gomez. LeBrun tweeted the following, Tuesday afternoon.

“Sharks should decide within next day or so how they proceed with Gomez. Being very thorough. If they sign him, should be around 1 yr/$700,000.”

January 20th: The San Jose Sharks are currently considered the “best bet” to land Scott Gomez. Today TSN’s Darren Dreger reports that the 12-year vet still has more testing to go through with the Sharks, and no deal has been signed just yet.

It certainly appears Todd McLellan‘s squad is the frontrunner for the Alaska native’s services though. And, if all goes well, he could be a solid addition in San Jose. Granted, he struggled mightily last season, managing just two goals and 11 total points in 38 games. And the year before was somewhat uncharacteristic as well, as he posted a subpar 38 points. But he clearly wasn’t comfortable in Montreal anymore, and it was one of those situations where both sides seemed likely to benefit from his departure.

In the 10 NHL seasons prior to 2010-11, Gomez averaged nearly 64 points per season, even breaking the 30-goal barrier for New Jersey in 2005-06. He won’t be that player anymore, but the Sharks or any other prospective team won’t need him to be. Gomez could very well be capable of contributing in the right situation, offers minimal financial risk and, in a league where players over the age of 40 seem to be doing just fine, he’s far from old at 33.


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