For all the heat Scott Gomez takes—some of it certainly deserved—for being inconsistent on the ice and an occasional clown in interviews, the way he spent his All-Star break says something about his aspirations for this season.
Because while a bunch of Rangers dispersed for points south—some to Florida, some to Cancun, others to Jamaica—Gomez opted for the lovely confines of the Rangers practice facility in Greenburgh. I hear it’s beautiful this time of year.
“He stayed back in New York and trained really hard. I know he came to the rink every day and lifted weights and got on the ice,” said goaltender Stephen Valiquette. “He was the one guy who used our break to focus on getting stronger for the second half of the year. I know he’s going to be outstanding the rest of the way.”
At least tonight Gomez was. It was one game, and from a team standpoint, it was ugly in spots. But Gomez was brilliant, and he, Markus Naslund, and Ryan Callahan offered glimpses of what a true top unit looks like.