SI.com’s Michael Farber is reporting that former Ranger Scott Gomez is studying with a French tutor, perhaps in attempt to gain an edge in consideration for Captaincy of the Montreal Canadiens. Gone is longtime captain Saku Koivu to Anaheim, and apparently one of his most glaring downfalls was his spotty French and lack of communication skills with the French media.
Zut alors!! If Gomez studies his French as hard as he studied the Rangers power play, he may be telling French reporters that he wants to score more goats instead of more goals.
Gomez was anything but captain material in his brief tenure in New York. He’s always been a speedy player who can cause matchup issues due to his speed and shiftiness. But leading his squad was not a quality that emanated from his two lackluster seasons on Broadway – two that fell far short of New York expectations, despite his stellar season series against the hated Devils.
However, with the Canadiens adding free agents like they are iPhone applications, who knows who else is a legitimate candidate to fill the role of wearing the big ‘C’ on his chest – an honor Gomez hasn’t been annointed since his youth hockey days back before he moved to the contiguous United States.