Blues place Scott Gomez on unconditional waivers

Two former Devils hooked up to get the Blues a goal against their former team, with Scott Gomez setting up Martin Havlat to score in his first game in the St. Louis uniform.

The St. Louis Blues have placed forward Scott Gomez on unconditional waivers, the club announced Wednesday.

The move will allow Gomez to seek an NHL contract with another team.

Gomez signed a one-year contract with the Blues on Oct. 7 after centre Patrik Berglund was placed on injured reserve.

With Berglund now cleared for contact, St. Louis felt that it was time to move on from Gomez, who would have been hard-pressed for playing time.

“When we went down with all those injuries (early), he was good,” Blues coach Ken Hitchcock said Tuesday. “It’s not fair for him to come and play a role he’s never played before. Hopefully somebody picks him up and he can play a Top-6 or Top-9 role and have that support. With (Kyle) Brodziak back in, and obviously Berglund coming back in, he’s a player that would just be waiting for injury and that could sometimes be a long wait.”

Gomez has one goal and seven assists in 21 games this season.