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Monday, December 12, 2011


A feature on (a seemingly very happy) Blake Comeau ran in the Toronto Sun on Sunday.  Comeau's been seeing quite a bit more ice-time than he was getting with the Isles -- up in the 16/17 minute range, as opposed to the 12/13 range on the Island.

The story is here: http://www.torontosun.com/2011/12/11/doggone-good-time-for-flames-forward-comeau

A few excerpts:

<<After starting the season with no points and a minus-11 rating through 16 games with the New York Islanders, Comeau found himself on waivers and looking for a fresh start.

It's hard to imagine after watching his first nine games with the Flames why the 25-year-old from Meadow Lake, Sask., found himself in the Isles' doghouse.

He's scored a goal, earned four points and has a plus-1 rating as a member of the third line along with fellow flanker Lee Stempniak and, recently, centre Mikael Backlund. Comeau's been a key part of the team's penalty killing and has shown hustle on almost every shift.>>

<< "I think the production's coming along with the coaching staff having confidence in me and giving me opportunities I don't think I was getting in New York this year," said the 6-foot, 195-pounder. "Hopefully, I can just keep contributing, whether it's on the scoreboard or playing physical or penalty killing.

"It's been awesome so far for me. Most importantly, we're winning and we're in a playoff race — which I haven't experienced in a couple of years. In New York, we've been out of the race pretty early.">>
Forever1940 is the nom de plume of Eric Hornick, statistician on Islander home telecasts since 1982. Visit my blog: NYISkinny.com and follow me on Twitter @ehornick

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