Scott Gomez accepts tryout with Capitals' minor league affiliate

Free agent Scott Gomez has agreed to a professional tryout agreement with the Hershey Bears of the AHL, the Washington Capitals top affiliate.

What It Means:

Gomez played 21 games with the St. Louis Blues this season, but his contract was terminated, allowing to him to sign with another club. Capitals coach Barry Trotz explained his feelings on the signing saying, "I think it’s good. We’re a little thin there because of the center-ice injuries and call-ups and all of those things, so Scott has been a really good pro in the league for a long time. He’s got a real high skill set. Especially at the American level, he should be able to help a [Jakub] Vrana, who should be back fairly soon here, and some of our younger people. A guy like Chandler Stephenson can learn from a Scott Gomez."

Gomez had 8 points (1 goal, 7 assists) in his 21 games with the Blues and had an average time on ice of just 11:15, the lowest of his career. Gomez was not driving possession when on the ice, as his Corsi For Percentage was 49.2 and his Relative Corsi For Percentage at Even Strength was -4.0. It's unclear if he'll be called up at any point to play for the Caps.