Mike Comrie: You Can’t Always Get What You Want

Mike Comrie’s signing by the Edmonton Oilers closed the book on a rather unfortunate period in the history of the club. Both sides have implied “if I had it to do over again” things might have been different and it was a good story to see the kid back in copper and blue.

  • Boxcars: 43gp, 13-8-21
  • Shots: 97
  • Plus Minus: -9
  • Corsi (Rel): 7.0 (3rd among F’s)
  • GF/GA ON: 17-26
  • 5×5/60: 1.40 (6th among F’s)
  • 5×4/60: 4.92 (2nd among F’s)
  • Quality of Competition: 9th toughest among F’s
  • Quality of Teammates: 11th best among F’s
  • FO %: 53.2% in 47 FO’s
  • Offensive Zone Start FO %: 47.6% (7th easiest among F’s)
  • Cap Hit: $1,250,000 (UFA this summer)
  1. What do these numbers tell us? Although his negatives are obvious (speed is a real worry) Mike Comrie can score goals. His Corsi number is strong and he was playing mid-to-low level competition with the dixie dregs most nights. His PP numbers (5-5-10 in just a little over 2 hours with the man advantage) were solid on this team and his exceptional skill around the net was on display whenever he was in the lineup.
  2. How Could these numbers be better? A healthy season from Comrie would have helped a lot (he could have popped 20 goals in a full season and that would have been a story) and it is an open question as to how many of the games he played in were “healthy” GP’s. For the money he was money, but the injuries and illness took the heart of the season from him.
  3. Will they re-sign him? No, I don’t think so. Comrie’s skills are duplicated all over the roster (although not as well) and this team isn’t going to be a contender for some time. I’d love to see him back and think a lot of Oilers fans feel the same way.
  4. Was he a “value” contract? Hell yeah, any team with a need for goals should look at giving him a 1-year, $1M deal this summer.
Projected Role in 2010-11: Skill F in an NHL town

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