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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.

Oh, and probably a chance to skate with Sidney Crosby(notes). That too.

Agent Ritch Winter announced on The Team 1260 in Edmonton this morning that Comrie has signed a 1-year deal with the Penguins, which the team confirmed is for $500,000.

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?

If nothing else, he'll serve as a place-holder for Eric Tangradi(notes) as he continues to mature as the forward-of-the-future. 

It's a great opportunity for Comrie. Hope it's not blown. We'll be watching from the balcony.

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