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“My career has afforded me a series of phenomenal opportunities to play and become friends with some of the greatest people I have ever known and some of the greatest players who have ever played this game. To have made the lasting friendships I enjoy today with so many of my former teammates is something that will stay with me for the rest of my life. It’s the reward that has made all the hard work, the trades, the moves and the surgeries worthwhile.”
-Mike Comrie announcing his retirement. More at TSN.
TORONTO/EDMONTON (August 8, 2011) - Mike Comrie, veteran NHL forward of 10 seasons, will not be continuing his NHL career until his injured hip is fully rehabilitated following surgery that took place during the 2010-11 season – the second such surgery of his career. There is no timetable set at this point for Comrie’s return to the NHL.
“In wanting to return to play after surgery, I pushed myself too early and that has not helped my recovery,” said Comrie. “I will return to the NHL when I am healthy and able to play at the level I have come to expect of myself.”
Comrie, a two-time 30-goal scorer and five-time 20-goal scorer, is continuing his rehabilitation. The rehabilitation process could take several more months.
(Pittsburgh) - Penguins forward Mike Comrie underwent successful hip surgery and is expected to be sidelined for three-four months. The surgery was performed in Vail, Colorado by Dr. Mark Philopon.
Comrie had been in-and-out of the lineup since suffering the hip injury on Oct. 9 during the second game of the season against the Montreal Canadiens. He has missed the past 15 games due to the injury and was placed on injured reserve Dec. 10.
from Josh Wingrove at the Globe and Mail,
“Don’t take a picture of this,” pleads Mike Comrie, looking nervously over his shoulder as he lights several candles in his living room. Designer blankets bearing a giant “H” adorn the chairs and couches.
“My street cred is going to go down,” he says, with a grin.
The candles and blankets, as well as the bodyguard and pets (four dogs, two cats) are all part of newlywed life for Comrie. Three weeks ago, he married his girlfriend of three years. They had just enough time for a quick honeymoon – four days across the Mexican border in ritzy Cabo San Lucas – before rushing back to Los Angeles. He was in training for the National Hockey League season, although he had no idea where he would play.
A decade in the league has seen him with five teams, some more than once, but he is still most closely associated with Edmonton. It’s where he grew up and started his career with great fanfare, signing a multimillion-dollar contract live on Hockey Night in Canada.
via Ryan Rishaug tweet,
Comrie signs with pens. 1 year
via OK Magazine,
Congratulations to newlyweds Hilary Duff and Mike Comrie!
A rep for the 22-year-old singer-actress confirms exclusively to OK! that the couple were wed on Saturday in Santa Barbara, California.
Hilary, in a mermaid gown by Vera Wang, and NHL hockey player Mike Comrie, 29, said their “I do’s” in front of a breathtaking sunset and 100 of their closest family and friends.
Nice to see Mike Comrie getting a jump on his off-season training.
from Dan Barnes of the Edmonton Journal,
But as he warmed up his offensive act, they warmed up to him. When he thanked them in a second-intermission interview shown on the video scoreboard, the support was loud and unanimous. When he fought, they chanted his name. And when the 4-0 drubbing of a watered-down Panthers roster was over, and Comrie had drawn the first star for his four assists, they cheered again.
He saluted them and the love-in was an officially registered happening.
“That was pretty emotional out there,” Comrie said afterwards. “I’ve said since I signed I was going to try to earn their respect back. For them to chant my name, I’d be lying if I didn’t say it felt unbelievable. I just felt rejuvenated. I felt excited.”
from Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal,
“Home sweet home,” laughed Comrie, who turns 29 today. “This decision just feels right at this time in my life… I’m older, more mature and before when I played here, it was a little overwhelming and I didn’t embrace it as well as I should have.
“I felt I had to get away ... but I got chills walking back into this rink.”
Perhaps local fans will cut Comrie some slack, and not boo him every time he touches the puck. That’s what they did when he played with the Coyotes.
Only one former Oiler, Chris Pronger, has infuriated locals more. Edmontonians don’t forget when a player doesn’t want to play here.
General Manager Steve Tambellini announced today the Edmonton Oilers have agreed to terms with centre Mike Comrie on a one-year contract.
added 6:25pm, from Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal,
His agent Ritch Winter said he was talking to three other teams seriously about signing Comrie, who turns 29 on Saturday. Two, he said, “were slam-dunk playoff teams.” The Oilers certainly aren’t; they’ve missed the playoffs three straight years but Comrie felt coming back to where it all started was best for him.
more and deal is for $1.25M…
from Robin Brownlee of Oilers Nation,
...as it stands right now, after a 15-minute, face-to-face conversation I had with Comrie this afternoon, I’ve got to tell you we’d all better get used to the idea of seeing MC in Oilers silks again.
While I’m told there’s no deal done as of now and that there’s at least one other option for Comrie — I believe it’s the Atlanta Thrashers — I’d be willing to wager MC will be an Oiler by noon Friday.
In what stands as a classic case of letting bygones be bygones, Comrie and the Oilers have settled their differences to the point where I believe the ink is a formality and the unlikeliest of do-overs will begin when Comrie reports for training camp physicals Saturday.
from Dan Barnes of the Edmonton Journal,
Mike Comrie is almost 29, a small forward whose skills, like his contract offers and salary expectations, are in obvious decline.
It should surprise no one that he is unsigned even as National Hockey League training camps approach. Players like him will forevermore enter September without contracts. Not valuable or young enough to secure a real offer and a cherished roster spot, yet not completely used up, his ilk occupies the humbling middle ground created by the restrictive nature of salary capanomics.
He might be one training camp injury away from a massive one-year deal. He might have to swallow his pride altogether and go somewhere on a tryout basis. And he might wait months for the phone to ring.
via Dan Barnes of the Edmonton Journal,
Notwithstanding persistent rumours, the Oilers are not in negotiations with Mike Comrie and have no plans to sign him, Tambellini said.
“Mike’s a good player,” he said Thursday at an announcement about Telus’s new sponsorship of the Oilers. “No decisions have been made to add any player to our roster. We’ve got a full roster, we’ve got salary cap issues. Nothing’s been decided at this point.”
from Robert Tychkowski of the Edmonton Sun,
The Edmonton Oilers are deciding whether or not to give former Oiler Mike Comrie another tour of duty at Rexall Place.
They are not the only team on Comrie’s radar screen right now, but in a development that’s straight out of the Strange But True file, the unrestricted free agent is seriously considering a return to the town that’s heckled him mercilessly ever since his bitter departure six years ago.
While Comrie is warm to the idea, Oilers management is not unanimous in their desire to bring him back.
That, and the fact that Comrie is still speaking with other teams, means this is no slam dunk.
But the fact it’s even being considered, given that Comrie left town in the second-most volatile break-up in franchise history—Chris Pronger remains No. 1 in Edmonton’s hearts—is jaw-dropping.
from Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun,
While Bryan Murray remains interested in the 28-year-old Comrie, the Senators GM doesn’t have salary-cap room. In fact, he has to cut $1.3 million — a byproduct of not finding a new home for Dany Heatley and his $7.5-million cap hit.
If the Senators aren’t able to trade Heatley before medicals Sept. 12 — and that’s looking more likely — Comrie will have options elsewhere.
“There are five or six teams interested and we’re quite confident that we’ll have something done before training camp,” said Winter Saturday. “Each of them have varying degrees of interest. We’re working on various, different types of structures.”
Comrie, who made $4 million last season, is likely going to have to take a paycut to the $1.5-$2 million range.
from Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal,
It may be the hottest rumour on Internet sites, but forget about Mike Comrie and the Edmonton Oilers kissing and making up.
“It ain’t happening ... he ain’t coming here,” said a well-informed source. “Mike doesn’t fit any need that we have right now.”
Fans who come out to see the Ottawa Senators play may have noticed a little more glitter in the stands these days — two of the players’ celebrity girlfriends.
Singers Carrie Underwood and Hilary Duff have Ottawa abuzz with celebrity sightings and gossip.
Underwood is rumoured to be dating Mike Fisher and Duff has been spotted around town with Mike Comrie.
For those who follow the singers and not the Sens, Fisher and Comrie are both forwards with the Senators.
Stories of sightings have appeared in People magazine and on Entertainment Tonight.
from Us Magazine,
Hilary Duff stands by her man!
The star said that she defends her boyfriend, New York Islander Mike Comrie, against the “intense fans” at his games.
“I like to sit in the audience, you know I don’t sit up in a box or anything, and people started to know that I’m sitting there, and they’ll be like ‘Mike sucks!’ Or [they] try to rile me up,” Duff told Rachael Ray on the set of her talk show. “And I’m like, ‘Hey, watch it! I’ll come up there, you know.’”
She added: “I try to not be that crazy girlfriend.”
via the New York Islanders,
The Islanders have acquired forward Dean McAmmond and a first-round draft selection in the 2009 NHL Entry Draft from the Ottawa Senators, in exchange for forward Mike Comrie and defenseman Chris Campoli.
added 4:51pm, The first the Islanders received was acquired by Ottawa from San Jose, so it will be a very low pick in the first round.
...Mike Comrie is enjoying his break with Hilary Duff.
from Contact Music,
Actress/singer Hilary Duff has sparked rumours she’s taking her relationship with hockey star Mike Comrie to the next level, after she was snapped wearing a ring on her wedding finger.
The 20-year-old star was spotted leaving Hollywood’s Il Sole restaurant with National Hockey League (NHL) star Comrie on Friday night (15Aug08) when she flashed her left hand to reveal a ring.
more with pics…
Kevin Lowe has stated he’s not likely to consider doing business in the future with the new Canucks GM, given their previous run-in as agent-vs-GM last summer over Michael Nylander. But not everyone has sympathy for Lowe’s position.
From Jason Botchford at The Province:
“I am horrified that someone’s integrity is called into question for something they didn’t do and by someone who did something much worse than Mike Gillis could ever be accused of,” agent Rich Winter said. “It’s an embarrassment to the game that Kevin Lowe would use the news media to make these accusations given what he’s done.”
In December 2003, Lowe was shopping Mike Comrie, Winter’s client, and found a taker in then-Ducks GM Bryan Murray. The pair agreed to a deal that would send young Anaheim forward, and future Stanley Cup champion, Corey Perry and a first-round pick to Edmonton for Comrie and a second-round pick.
Murray was worried he would lose Comrie to free agency if he made the deal. To appease Murray, Lowe authorized the Ducks’ general manager to begin negotiations with Comrie. Anaheim then signed the forward to an extension and, in its view, the deal was done.
But “not so fast,” says Botchford. The rest of the story…
Sources say the Islanders and centre Mike Comrie have agreed to a one-year, $4 million deal to keep the Edmonton, Alberta native in Long Island
With the Feb. 26 trade deadline approaching, Comrie likely would be valuable in the trade market. Two NHL scouts at the Pittsburgh game marveled at his second goal and how he scored through a tiny opening. But Comrie said he has no desire to leave.
“This is an organization I want to be a part of,” said Comrie, who will be a free agent this summer. “We’ve got a great core group of guys. We’ve got an ownership that wants to win. They treat us extremely well. I feel we’ve got the best coaching staff in the league, and it’s a situation that I want to be a part of. I think we give ourselves a chance to win every night when we compete. We’ve had a few injuries, but you’ve still got to give yourself that chance.”
more on Comrie and the Islanders…
from Chris Stevenson of the Ottawa Sun,
The Senators joined the New York Islanders winger for dinner Tuesday night because they apparently really do like him and not because there might have been a chance to see Comrie’s squeeze, singer/clothes designer/teen idol Hilary Duff.
“I’ve got a lot of friends in the NHL now,” joked Comrie, who made the Islanders his fifth NHL organization in seven years when he signed here as a free agent during the summer.
more on the Sens…
from David Amber at ESPN,
Q: Why did you sign only a one-year deal?
A: I wanted to see how I fit in on the top line and to see if I enjoyed playing in the New York area. It’s better to see that it works for me and works for them, then we can move forward.
Q: So, how has it been so far?
A: I like it here. We have a great group of guys. We have to win games by everyone chipping in. We don’t have a $10 million player on this team. Everyone has to come and play hard every night.