Former Edmonton Oiler forward Mike Comrie signed a one-year contract with the Pittsburgh Penguins earlier today, a week after Oilers’ GM Steve Tambellini announced the team would not offer the home-town boy a new deal.
Comrie takes a bit of a proverbial bath on the $500K deal, coming off a $1.25M, one-year contract with the Oilers in 2009-10. Born and raised in Edmonton, Comrie registered 13 goals and eight assists during last year’s campaign, prior to be placed on IR with mononucleosis.
Comrie provides the Pens with some insurance heading into training camp later this month, with centre Jordan Staal suffering a foot injury.
Recently married to Hollywood starlet Hilary Duff, Comrie has scored 359 points, including five, 20-goal campaigns, over a career that has seen him suit up for the Oilers, Flyers, Coyotes, Senators and Islanders.
Edmonton passed on Comrie, whose production last year was solid prior to being diagnosed with “The Kissing Disease”, electing instead to provide valuable ice time to its up-and-coming young guns.
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