Flames trade Blake Comeau to Columbus

 

Blake Comeau

pic via Robin Clicks

TSN is reporting the Flames have moved former waiver wire pick-up Blake Comeau to the very active Columbus Blue Jackets for a fifth round pick today. Comeau struggled to score in Calgary and had a dreadful start to the season, but developed into a decent middle tier option for the Flames both last season and for the majority of this one.

Comeau can skate and isn’t afraid to mix it up physically, but he’s probably one of the dumber hockey players on the ice at any give time and he doesn’t have the best hands. Few players can enter the zone, circle behid the net and then give the puck away like Comeau.

He’s a replaceable piece and a 5th round choice means the organization essentially gets something for nothing given how he was acquired.

Thanks Blake! Good luck in Columbus…

          • MC Hockey

            Pomminville has 25pts in 37gms, 5.5mill cap hit, has a NTC that only allows him to state 8 teams he cant be traded to.

            Iggy was last year of deal, only one team he wanted.

            JBow was 6.7mill hit, full NTC so he probably gave a list of 8 teams he would waive to go to. We could have got more to take back salary.

            Pomminville could have been traded to 22 different teams, had a cap hit that is reasonable for his production and is signed next year.

            What is there not to understand?

            Im not happy about it all either but I’m gonna go out on a limb and assume Feaster has a master plan with all these high picks and cap space.

            The good thing about going for playoffs is they will spend to cap, and do deals with cap heavy teams that should be more beneficial in the long run..

            Make your judgements after the draft/free agency/when cap drops.

            Thats when we can truly judge Feaster and co.

          • everton fc

            He has aquired 2 college players that I think will surprise some people and probably, I know nothing special, a #5 defenseman. He also has 3 1st rd picks in this deep draft.

            He signed Hudler, Wideman, and Cervenka who have all been pretty good for us (Cervenka not his entire body of work, but i’ve noticed some big strides in his game lately).

            He got us capspace in a year where the cap is going to drop and handcuff some teams.

            He has set us up for one of the most exciting offseasons ever, give him time to allow his vision come to fruition.

            If he fails then he should go. Up until now most of everything he has done, that is considered negative, his hands have been tied.

            Iggy and Jbows NTC’s and Jbows salary hurt the returns.

            All im saying is “Patience” people

          • MC Hockey

            Pomminville is a 30 year old who has scored 30 goals twice in his career. While wearing the “C” on his jersey he watched his franchise goalie get run over by a player from their biggest rival and all he did was go over and help Lucic pick up his gloves and make sure he hadn’t hurt himself. Yet, somehow he got a better haul than a top d younger def and a player who not only scores over 30 goals every year but will stick up for a teammate. I do not understand how we did not get more in comparison either.

          • everton fc

            Seriously, clYDE? You’re denigrating 6 foot nothing, 185 pound Pominville for not picking a fight with 6’4″ 230 pound Milan Lucic? That would have been like when Backlund picked a fight with Alberts and dislocated his shoulder (except worse since Lucic is tougher than Alberts and Backlund’s bigger than Pommer). Pominville knows he’s worth more to the team scoring than lying in a sick bed.

            Some people ridiculously overvalue grit.

            I’m not saying the Wild didn’t get fleeced–because they sure did. But let’s remember, this is the same GM who performed 3 consecutive trades with the same team (San Jose) and lost all of them. Irrefutably.

            You’re looking at it from the wrong angle. The bad GM is on the wrong side of this deal for there to be a comparison. I’d fully expect Feaster to get fleeced that bad if he were buying.

          • everton fc

            It would have been ridiculous for the captain of the team to stand up to Lucic after he ran over the team’s franchise goalie. That powerplay goal he may score would have sure showed Lucic to never do that again. I am sure Miller felt that way too. As soon as he was no longer concussed anyway. Grit is so useless. Teams like Boston and LA over value it so much. What have they accomplished with all that grit in the past 2 years?

          • Scary Gary

            You think Lucic would have “never done it again” if Pominville had attempted to do… what? bite his ankles?

            I guarantee you Lucic isn’t afraid of anyone. Some one attacks him after he runs over a goalie and takes a penalty, I guarantee you he does EXACTLY the same thing the next time the two teams meet.

          • everton fc

            5 guys, led by their captain immediately going after Lucic will go a long way to stopping his nonsense. He is big and scary but needed to be stood up to. Then, you target one of their skilled guys if he doesn’t get the message. And, you load up on him and don’t give him a choice much like the Leafs are doing this year. That is a Babcock technique. His teams have always stood up and he rarely has a goon. But, he values grit a great deal. Teams know they have to pay against the Leafs and as a result Lupul and Kadri are flying around this year. I value grit a great deal. Especially when it allows my skill guys to do their thing. Grit/skill combo is elusive and something the team should look for.

          • RexLibris

            So you’re in favour of a goonsquad strategy whereby you attempt to deter thugish activity by engaging in… thugish activity. Therefore entering into an endless cycle of retaliation, suspensions, and serious injuries. I’m glad coaches don’t actually follow that tacic. Seriously, willfully targetting a skilled teammate of the thug because standing up to the thug didn’t work? I can’t believe you actually believe coaches think like that.

            Grit is one thing. Mindless thuggery is a problem, and it sure as hell isn’t the way I want ANY team to play.

          • everton fc

            I don’t think you are getting my point as I am not a great writer. I have never said goonsquad activity. I played against Babcock and Hitchcock coached teams and although they don’t run around, the players on their teams know that if someone takes liberties with one of your players, you respond immediately and accordingly. If that doesn’t stop the nonsense, you play extra hard against their skilled guys. Every opportunity to finish a check hard is taken. That little extra shot is given.If you don’t think that goes on in the game, you are mistaken.

          • everton fc

            We don’t have much skill.

            Grit/size/speed/skill wins. If Feaster can put that combination on the ice with all the money he’s freed up, not ot mention all the contracts he’ll have at his disposal, I’ll take back every negative thing I’ve posted here since Feaster took over for Darryl. I will say Darryl would have moved the trio of Iggy/Jbo/Comeau for roster players. Which may not be the way to go with the cap coming down next season.

            I know some have posted UFA lists for the summer. I’d like to see an UFA & RFA list. I’d like a few players similar to Dorsett/Prust/Clifford wearing the Flaming C on the 3rd/4th lines. And soon.

            I also hope we go back tot he vintage jersey, both at home and on the road. Put the 2004 jersey in mothballs, as part of this rebuild.

            Jay Feaster; prove to this fan you can rebuild our beloved franchise. The Wolf made this comment below:

            “Preds get Filip Forsberg. WTH???!!!

            Feaster blows.”

            For Martin Erat and a pick. One wonders why Feaster couldn’t get Forsberg, as part of our rebuild. Great move by the Preds.

    • Scary Gary

      If Scott Hannan is still in the league, I mean brought in a seventh rounder surely Sarich could fetch something, no? Must be the remaining year on his contract.

  • MC Hockey

    Great news. Nobody mentioned but he was also a UFA so any return is great.

    The guy probably has potential but glad to see him go. He was one of Feaster’s “Sutter-like” pick-ups in that JayFe thought he was undervalued and could succeed here but it did not work out.

    I just really HOPE the money Flames use money they could have badly spent on Comeau to re-sign Backlund and ALSO Cervenka who is talented enough to warrant another chance at a reasonable salary. I say get Backlund for $4M over 2 years and Cervenka for $3.5M over 2 years. REBUILD ON!

    • I’d really like to see the Flames lock up Backlund to a long deal this off season.

      The gap between his underlying numbers and his production is so great that we have an opportunity for some value.

      It is well worth the risk to take a shot that a guy with great possession numbers, chances are his production will start to match his underlying numbers. Obviously there are no guarantee’s and injuries could be a in issue for Backlund going forward. However, in light of the fact that the Flames have very few guys who really drive the play, it’s well worth the risk to lock up a guy who does.

      I wouldn’t be opposed to 15mil of five years. Chances are this will look like a steal in 2 years

      • SmellOfVictory

        Agreed. I’d take any length of deal for Backlund, to be honest. The full 7 (or is the max 8?) years at something around that AAV would be totally good with me. 3 mil AAV is what you’d pay a good 3rd line C, and Backlund is already better than that.

          • Scary Gary

            Looks like Cervenka won’t be making much more this year than his $925,000 base salary and a 10% signing bonus of his 3.775 cap hit. There was very little chance he would ever make the bonus thresholds.

            I don’t think he’s in line for a raise but I liked his creativity; I’d resign him, maybe 1.2 mil for one year or 1 mil per year for two years.

          • MC Hockey

            Quote: “Looks like Cervenka won’t be making much more this year than his $925,000 base salary and a 10% signing bonus of his 3.775 cap hit. There was very little chance he would ever make the bonus thresholds.

            I don’t think he’s in line for a raise but I liked his creativity; I’d resign him, maybe 1.2 mil for one year or 1 mil per year for two years.”

            I agree, I think he deserves another shot at up to $1.5M salary as he is a better risk than players like, oh I don’t know, Comeau at that price.

          • MC Hockey

            I don’t blame many for not noticing but last game Backs, Hudler and Cervenka were used quite regularily by Hartley and they seemed extemely effective. I thought they were our best line.

            Theres not doubt in my mind Cervenka will sign here again, especially after all the icetime he will rack up to finish the season.

          • MC Hockey

            Quote: “I don’t blame many for not noticing but last game Backs, Hudler and Cervenka were used quite regularily by Hartley and they seemed extemely effective. I thought they were our best line.

            Theres not doubt in my mind Cervenka will sign here again, especially after all the icetime he will rack up to finish the season.”

            I HOPE you are right!!!

  • SmellOfVictory

    Very kind of you to say “one of the dumber” players on the ice, when I think we all know he was possibly the dumbest in the NHL. He’s got the physical tools of a very good player, and it takes a very poor hockey brain to ruin that.

  • Woah woah woah, we didn’t get Atkinsson or Johanson? Come on now, Comeau had like 30 goals a couple seasons ago, he was awesome, a real classy guy. He’s AT LEAST worth a good prospect and a second.

    /delusion

    Good riddance. I liked him at first because of his drive, willingness to go to the dirty areas. I remember Comeau’s first game as a Flame; on a listless, tired team, he was laying hits, driving to the net, and enabling scoring chances.

    Then he took a stupid, boneheaded boarding penalty where the announcers were questioning suspension. And he continued to take similar penalties throughout the season.

    Comeau, we didn’t care to know thee.

  • beloch

    Comeau was a somewhat frustrating player to watch. He often got into very good positions, either by out-skating the opposition or using what seemed to be, in certain limited ways, better hockey smarts than you give him credit for. It’s what he would do with the puck once he had it and was in a good position that was almost always a let-down. If he didn’t turn it over, he’d shoot, and his shot (plus his choice of places to shoot from) really stinks. Earlier this season he got his first goal and after that he would shoot every time even if passing was clearly the better option. With him out there the Flames tic-tac-toe plays became tic-tac-oh-@#$%-comeau-you’re-not-a-@#$%ing-shooter!!! plays.

    I can’t shake the feeling that there’s a smart coach out there who knows drills and lessons that would improve this kids shot and teach him when to pass and when to shoot. He could be a really good player if he learned those lessons. Oh well. He didn’t do it in Calgary. Better luck in Columbus!

  • the forgotten man

    Comeau can skate and isn’t afraid to mix it up physically, but he’s probably one of the dumber hockey players on the ice at any give time and he doesn’t have the best hands. Few players can enter the zone, circle behid the net and then give the pucka way like Comeau.

    Kent, you should be working for hockeydb or hockey futures…that is bar none the most succinct, yet funniest player synopsis I have ever read.

    Kudos.

  • Feaster’s best move as Flames’ GM…picks up a guy off waivers and turns him into a 5th round pick. Probably says something about Feaster’s tenure that that would be his best move in the past year and a half!