Blake Comeau, the former Calgary Flame, and New York Islander, signed a one year contract extension with the Columbus Blue Jackets yesterday. The once 20+ goal scorer looks to continue to prove his worth with the Blue Jackets.
Jarmo Kekalainen had this to say about Comeau and the contract extension;
“Blake is a dependable two-way forward who combines physical play with ability in the offensive zone,” said Kekalainen. “We liked what we saw from him at the end of last season as he fit in very well with our team and we’re pleased to have signed him to this extension.”
Statistically, Comeau was not playing great hockey recently. In his last games as an Islander he did not record any points in 16 games (2011-12), that same season he was claimed off waivers by the Calgary Flames. He scored 5 goals and added 10 assists in 58 games for the Flames during the rest of the 2011-12 season.
This past season Comeau only had 7 points in 33 games for Calgary, which resulted in him being traded to the Blue Jackets for a fifth round draft pick. In the final nine games of the season, Comeau scored 2 goals and had 3 assists for 5 points and his +/- was a +5.
The Blue Jackets are hoping to at least see a glimpse of the Blake Comeau of the 2010-11 season. While playing his best hockey, Comeau scored 24 goals and assisted on 22 goals. If Comeau can return to this form and add 40+ points, I think he would be considered a steal for a fifth round draft pick. If he doesn’t pan out, the Blue Jackets have only invested a fifth round draft pick and $1 million in cap space for a year. I think this is a great deal for both sides. I am really hoping that this also works out in the long run for both sides and we see Comeau revive his relatively young career with the Blue Jackets.