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Happy Thanksgiving: Isles put Comeau on waivers

Nov 24, 2011, 12:39 PM EDT

Blake Comeau

Ahh, Thanksgiving. A holiday reserved for family, football, turkey and if you’re Blake Comeau, news that you’ve been waived by the New York Islanders.

Comeau, 25, has struggled through a nightmarish season with the Isles. He’s pointless through 15 games (with a minus-11 rating), been a healthy scratch several times and played just 6:45 is last night’s loss to Philly, which was clear a message from head coach Jack Capuano.

That message? Probably something along the lines of “stop being bad at hockey.” Maybe a tad more specific, but you get the gist.

This is a significant fall from grace for Comeau. He was drafted by the Isles in the second round of the 2004 Draft and gradually developed into a good goalscorer (24 last year, a career-high) — as such, New York rewarded with a one-year, $2.5 million deal back in August.

Comeau had been the subject of recent trade rumors, but it seems the Isles were unwilling to find a partner.

So, three things to watch moving forward:

1) The Isles are getting carved on Twitter for waiving a guy on Thanksgiving. This probably won’t help Garth Snow’s already-dicey reputation for handling players (see: Nabokov, Evgeni) or his ability to lure quality players to Long Island.

2) Early speculation suggests Calgary (in the market for any kind of goalscoring up front), Nashville (needs forward depth) and the Rangers (just to screw with the Islanders) as potential suitors.

3) This could be a precursor to a larger move…or just a huge wake-up call for Comeau. It’s possible he’ll clear waivers and end up in AHL Bridgeport, a place he hasn’t been since 2008.

  1. hulkhogan69 - Nov 24, 2011 at 12:45 PM

    uhh do some reserach. The Rangers don’t have the cap room to pick up Comeau.

    • Mike Halford - Nov 24, 2011 at 1:23 PM

      The Rangers can clear cap space at any time by retroactively putting Marc Staal on LTIR.

  2. bcisleman - Nov 24, 2011 at 1:30 PM

    Part of this is sending a message to the rest of the team. Mostly though, Blake is just inconsistent. He’s not really good enough to be a top 6 and his play isnt conducive to being a 3rd line bumper and grinder. Should Garth have picked another day to do this? Actually, no. He needed to clear roster space for Montoya. The people who are making a big deal about just do not like Garth.

    Enough with the Nabby crap already. Garth did exactly the right thing. Two other teams claimed players in exactly the same scenario at the same time and no one said squat about it. CLB claimed Dubielewicz when the Islanders tried to do with him what DET did with Nabby. No one said squat about that either. Nabby was the one who was out of line. Dubie and all the others reported to the teams that claimed them. Nabby didn’t. He was to blame, not Garth. Your comment, like many others on this subject by Garth haters, is a load of crap.

    • Mike Halford - Nov 24, 2011 at 1:52 PM

      Re: Thanksgiving — Just reporting what was out there.

      Re: Nabokov — Even if Snow did the right thing for the organization, it didn’t help his reputation among players any.

      Re: Load of crap — Come on, the Isles have had issues luring quality players. Their most recent notable FA signing was Mark Streit, and that was in 2008.

      • bcisleman - Nov 24, 2011 at 2:18 PM

        Re: Thanksgiving—Yes, a lot of Garth haters out there and the comment was directed more at them I suppose. BTW, Blake is Canadian and his Thanksgiving happened around Columbus Day.

        Re: Nabby–Why would that affect his rep among players? Why any more than the other GMs who made the identical claim on other players?

        Re: Load of crap. Garth has had a hard time luring players because (1) local politicians over whom he has no control have done their best to make it impossible to build a new arena or properly renovate the existing structure and (2) his predecessor just about destroyed the organization and he has had to basically rebuild it from the ground up. Because of that, he has had to settle for players like Streit, Matt Moulson, PA Parenteau, Michael Grabner, and Al Montoya who other teams either didn’t want and / or undervalued. And if you check their stats, they have ALL done quite well for him.

        Just about all that was left that was any value when Garth took over: Frans Nielsen, Kyle Okposo, Andrew MacDonald, RDP (he was still an NHL goalie then), and the now departed Blake Comeau. Nielsen, Okposo, and MacDonald were still prospects and Milbury was unable to hatch a plot to trade them away before he left. RDP’s contract was Wang’s inept way of saying Milbury’s reign of error was over for good.

        I have nothing against Blake and I know this is tough on him but really is Garth supposed to send Haley or Ullstrom back who are playing better hockey? Is he supposed to let the now poor AHL quality RDP blow another game like he did last night because Garth couldn’t reactivate Montoya for lack of roster space? This Garth hate is beyond all logic.

  3. haterzgonahate - Nov 24, 2011 at 3:26 PM

    struggling offensively? he’s a perfect fit for the Flames organization..

  4. danphipps01 - Nov 24, 2011 at 10:39 PM

    “… and the Rangers (just to screw with the Islanders)”

    It’s like I’m really reading Down Goes Brown! And I love it.

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