The crowds at TD Garden for the Boston Bruins’ first two days of training camp were mostly supportive of their hometown team. But in Montreal, they take rooting on a practice to new levels, as newly signed free agent center Scott Gomez found out yesterday.
Gomez relayed a story about a fan yelling that he should wake up and then he scored a goal. Gomez then explained:
“I guess I listened to the guy, but I can’t guarantee that I’ll score every time someone yells at me. This was a question of something good happening when you close your eyes and shoot the puck. I was actually thinking of dropping it off to (Mike Cammalleri).”
Word to the wise for Gomez, as the season gets closer he should practice tuning out the fans. I know he spent most of his career playing in front of empty buildings in New Jersey, but if he’s anything short of brilliant to start the season the noise coming from the Bell Centre seats is going to be more offensive than just “wake up.”
Elsewhere around the division:
•It might be tough for Ian White to fit in on a large defense corps in Toronto.
•The Maple Leafs might be a more motivated group because many are in the final year of their contracts.
•Jonathan Cheechoo is hoping he can erase his failures from San Jose with a big debut in Ottawa.