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Veteran d-man Commodore signs with Dallas’ AHL affiliate

Mar 20, 2013, 6:24 PM EDT

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Longtime NHL defenseman Mike Commodore has agreed to a professional tryout with the Texas Stars, Dallas’ AHL affiliate.

Commodore, 33, has been inactive since Montreal cut him loose in late January.

He was in camp with the Canadiens and appeared in 17 games with their AHL affiliate in Hamilton, but was unable to crack a deep blueline that featured seven guys on one-way deals (and that was before the Habs agreed to terms with PK Subban.)

The well-traveled journeyman has fallen on tough times since signing a five-year, $18.75 million deal with Columbus prior to the 2008-09 campaign.

While his first season in Ohio was successful — he appeared in 81 games, finished second in defenseman scoring and played a key role in the BJ’s first-ever playoff appearance — things went south shortly thereafter.

Commodore saw his playing time steadily decrease until things hit rock bottom in 2010-11. After being made a healthy scratch in seven of eight games by then-head coach Scott Arniel, Commodore requested a trade but was instead put on waivers.

Commodore has since played with the Detroit Red Wings and, most recently, the Tampa Bay Lightning.

  1. thehighcountrybear - Mar 20, 2013 at 9:29 PM

    Can’t believe this guy is not in the NHL? He’s big, mean, menacing, willing and a fair to middling good defensemen…a force when he’s feeling it to be sure! Good luck Mike, you deserve better…

  2. hellohkitteh - Mar 21, 2013 at 9:35 AM

    This guy is so freaking awesome. I really wish the Lightning could have kept him, but we are trying to get our young guys in here. We already have our old guys (Brewer and Salo). Sadly no room, and I think that is alot of teams problem right now. Poor guy always grabs the shorter straw.

    Not only is he a decent defenceman, he is also awesome socially. He is all over twitter (well right now he kinda has the time for it!), and hes just all around a funny guy. The locker room must love him.

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