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by George Malik on 03/11/12 at 11:55 PM ET
The Tampa Bay Times’ Damian Cristodero reports that Mike Commodore is trying to do his best to salvage his opportunity to continue his NHL career with the Tampa Bay Lightning:
“I know I can still play,” said Commodore, 32, acquired at the February trade deadline. “Can I do everything I once could? Maybe not. But I’m not old. I feel like I still have something left in the tank.”
In six games with the Lightning he is plus-2 with an average 14:46 of ice time and turns on the penalty kill and late in games to protect leads. At 6 feet 4, 227 pounds, he adds a physical presence and has the bona fides from winning the 2006 Stanley Cup with Carolina.
“He keeps it simple and keeps his composure under pressure,” Tampa Bay coach Guy Boucher said. “He’s been a really good addition for us.”
Still, Commodore, also a member of the 2003-04 Flames who lost the Cup final to the Lightning, fell so far off the map, Detroit traded him for a conditional 2013 seventh-round draft pick, the conditions being that unless Commodore plays 15 games and Tampa Bay makes the playoffs, the Red Wings get nothing. That was after he signed a one-year, $1 million deal with the Wings after falling out of favor with the Blue Jackets, who bought out the last two seasons of his five-year, $18.75 million deal.
“I enjoyed it there. The guys were awesome,” he said of Detroit. “The only thing I was disappointed in was I was told there was going to be an opportunity there for me to play and it wasn’t there. It was never there.”
“He’s getting a second chance,” Boucher said.
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