September 03, 2010
Earlier this summer, Mike Comrie(notes) married his pop songstress/actress/arena eye-candy girlfriend Hilary Duff in a ceremony that didn't reach the Alcatraz-level security of the Fisherwood nuptials.
On Friday, the Pittsburgh Penguins gave the happy couple a late wedding present: a job.
Yes, that's a tumble from his $1.25 million salary with the Edmonton Oilers last season, which in turn was a tumble from his $4 million base salary with the New York Islanders in 2008-09. No, this probably doesn't matter to Comrie, whose family is worth roughly $500 million.
In 568 career games, he has 167 goals, 192 assists, 359 points and 48 power-play goals. Comrie came up as a center but played a lot of left wing in the last two seasons.
Winter said on Team 1260 that Crosby's already phoned Comrie and that he expects Comrie will play left wing on a line with Sid. Which should be news to Chris Kunitz(notes), also a left wing, who has played with Crosby for the last two seasons.
What this comes back to, however, is a classic knock on Crosby: That he can't develop chemistry with just anyone like, say, Mario could. We've seen it in his NHL career and we saw it in the Olympics. Comrie's a shrewd, cost-effective move for the Penguins; can he hang with Crosby to the point where he replicates Bill Guerin's(notes) numbers (21 goals, 24 points in 78 games) if not his intangibles?
It's a great opportunity for Comrie. Hope it's not blown. We'll be watching from the balcony.