Senators pickup Mike Comrie
Here's a savvy stopgap solution for Ottawa's injury woes by Senators GM John Muckler.
Mike Comrie's a player that's been much-maligned over his short NHL career, and while injuries have, to a certain extent, held him back, he is a two-time 30 goal scorer who Ottawa acquires for a player (Alexei Kaigorodov) who wouldn't ever suit up for the Senators again. Muckler has been looking for a second-line centre all season, and with Jason Spezza out the next three-to-five weeks and Mike Fisher also on the mend, Comrie should be able to put up a point-a-game pace on the team's top line.
His salary ($3-million) is considerable, but it's in the range of what Muckler would have likely taken on in other rumoured candidates (Craig Conroy and Brendan Morrison), and there's the added bonus of Comrie's youth and the chance he may sign in Ottawa in the off-season.
Is Comrie the type of player who will help the Senators win the Stanley Cup? No, no he's not. But given the way Ottawa's season has gone to this point, just getting into the playoffs with their now-ailing squad has to be the goal — and he'll definitely help in that regard. Ottawa's picked up points in five games in a row heading into tonight's game against Buffalo, and their workmanlike effort of late may finally signal the turnaround everyone's been waiting for with this team.
For Phoenix, Comrie was one of a few unrestricted free agents they'll be looking to move prior to the trade deadline, and the return of a young player who could, conceivably, rebound to play in the league at some point isn't altogether unwise. In my opinion, it would have been preferable to receive a high draft pick instead of Kaigorodov, however, as the Coyotes have already been through the 'disgruntled Russian' routine with Enver Lisin this season.
Another clown for the circus, I suppose.
- Eric Duhatschek weighs in here