Veteran forward Mike Comrie has agreed to a one year deal with the Pittsburgh Penguins. The deal is worth $500,000.
The Penguins were intially looking at Comrie on a tryout basis but his willingness to sign for the league minimum led to the two sides pushing forward towards a deal after the Penguins decided not to bring Billy Guerin back.
This is another situation where a player wanted to come to Pittsburgh and chase a Stanley Cup.
Comrie, 29, has played nine NHL seasons with Edmonton, Philadelphia, Phoenix, Ottawa and the NY Islanders. In 568 career games, he has posted 167 goals, 192 assists, 359 points and 48 power-play goals. Comrie has appeared in 32 postseason contests, totaling 10 points (4G-6A).
Comrie had 13 goals and 8 assists in 43 games last season for the Edmonton Oilers. He has the ability to play both right/left wing and center. However, Comrie has been told by Pens management that he will begin camp on one of the top two lines or at least get an opportunity up there.
Comrie’s career has been on a downfall over the past couple seasons but injuries and illness have played a factor. After scoring 30 goals in 2005-2006, and posting back-to-back 20+ goal seasons in 06-07 and 07-08, Comrie’s play offensively dropped off from 2008-2010.
He had just 10 goals in 08-09, splitting time with the New York Islanders and Ottawa Senators. However, the Penguins believe if he stays healthy, he has a prime opportunity to return to his previous 20+ goal level.
Comrie battled mono for much of last season which led to him only playing in 43 games.
Word is Comrie’s a player head coach Dan Bylsma has been targeting after the Penguins latest rounds of scouting meetings.
“I think the biggest thing for me is that I’m excited to join a team like that , that has some great players. Hopefully I can come in and complement them and be a guy that can help score and create some depth,” Comrie told The Globe and Mail on Friday.
“I’m excited. it was definitely a hockey decision. I think that, you know, there’s times in your career where you make a decision about – depends, every guys situations is different… for me this was, I wanted to go to a great team and be a part of an organization like Pittsburgh and be able to compete for a Stanley Cup.”
Comrie has recently been in the news after marrying long-time girlfriend, Hilary Duff. The two currently live in Los Angeles.