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Little risk for Pens with Comrie

Posted on: September 3, 2010 4:21 pm

Good thing Mike Comrie married well. Then again his family owned a major national furniture chain in Canada which means he wasn’t really hurting financially before he hitched up with singer/actress Hilary Duff this summer.

Besides, Comrie has had a few multi-million contracts during his nine year NHL career, which began with much promise back home in
Edmonton as a member of the Oilers, so money isn’t necessarily an issue to the 29-year-old forward. And that’s a good thing since he really had little choice other than taking a minimum wage deal in order to continue his NHL career.

Comrie signed a one-year, $500,000 deal with the Pittsburgh Penguins, cheap insurance for a team that has Stanley Cup aspirations and Jordan Staal’s recovery from a foot injury going slower than expected. Comrie should be able to handle Staal’s third-line center role if necessary to start the season, and could grow in to an even bigger role by being around the talents of Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin and others in the Penguins lineup.

Truth is Comrie should be in the prime of his career right now. He has shown flashes of big offense at times with two 30 goal seasons and three more with at least 20, but Comrie’s numbers having been heading south in recent years. Enough so that the Oilers, who brought him back last season after Comrie spent time in Philadelphia, Phoenix, Ottawa and Long Island and have plenty of cap space, decided that he wasn’t worth the $1.25 million they paid him last year.

But the Oilers weren’t very good last season, and neither were most of the last few teams Comrie played for, and he often seemed to be playing down to their levels.  He’ll have to keep up in Pittsburgh and if he does, he could turn out to be a steal for the Pens. At the very least, he is a worthwhile gamble for them. 


Category: NHL

Since: Aug 17, 2006
Posted on: September 7, 2010 11:24 pm

Little risk for Pens with Comrie

Wow Goldstein! Thanks for that.  Little risk for a 500k 1 year deal?? You don't say.

Mike Comrie will fit in well with the Penguins players.  His style of play may not be exactly what Dan Bylsma needs, but for 500k and only a 1 year deal, there's no risk AT ALL.  That's an absolute steal for a player like Comrie.  He's gonna put in 20 goals, maybe break 50 pts this year with the Pens.

Since: Aug 19, 2010
Posted on: September 6, 2010 6:10 am

Little risk for Pens with Comrie

The Oilers didnt resign him simply because he's a small player who would take away minutes from rookies like Eberle, MPS, and Hall. What would be the point? He wasnt making much, he just didnt fit in. He could get 45+ points this year and people will be calling this the steal of the year, when in reality, he wouldnt have put up those points in Edmonton anyways. Good signing by Pitts and a good release by Edm.

Since: Mar 18, 2009
Posted on: September 4, 2010 10:06 pm

Little risk for Pens with Comrie

I wish he was still in Edmonton.  But then again, maybe he doesn't.  Enjoy Pittsburgh.  (If I were an NHL player and didn't worry about money, I think I would settle down in SoCal)

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