Mike Comrie signs with the Oil?


Now we don’t disagree with Robin Brownlee about anything – ever. It’s not because we are scared of him, but more we are scared of the things he would do to us if we ever angered him. Sure we love a good drive by shooting as much the next guy, but we are far too pretty to have our face rearranged by “BC’s most dangerous man 1977.”

But a couple of hours ago we were messaged by a guy we know who said “now that you have got your head out of your (edited) and returned to writing on the Nation, you might be interested in discussing the fact that it would appear Daryl Katz has personally wired up a one year deal for 1.3 million with Mike Comrie.” Our eyes shot out of our head so fast that we put down the bag of cans we were scavanging in the river valley and ran straight home screaming at the top of our lungs, bloody eye sockets and all.

Now we aren’t here to start a database of falsehoods in our best Eklund imitation. We aren’t going to engage in idle speculation about how billionaires are rarer than foreign tourists in Edmonton and how Bill Comrie and Daryl Katz are probably friends on some level which could have led to a dialogue being opened with Dot Com’s camp. We wouldn’t presume to weigh in on an unlikely rumor that could be a potential disaster this season.

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We won’t pretend that we know better than Brownlee who told us back on August 19:

“While Comrie, now 29, is good enough to play in the Oilers top six and could be had for a discount rate, like maybe $2 million in a one-year contract, it’s a profoundly bad idea on so many levels I don’t even know where to start.”

However interesting re-signing Comrie would be in an attempt to exercise the “everyone hates Edmonton” demons that began when he left town back in 2003 under a cloud of rumors and cloak-and-daggery, we won’t lower ourselves onto the slippery slope of discussing this in great detail.

But you can.

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    danjo1 wrote:

    @ Pouzar:
    I mean that if the Oilers made an offer to Manny.

    Well he better hurry, the pay/performance on the Oil will certainly be better then sitting at home.

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    danjo1 wrote:

    @ Pouzar:
    Who knows… Didn’t he turn down an offer to go to Florida? I think they were offering what he was asking for too. I wonder if the pay vs. team performance wasn’t worth it to him.

    Ya it was Atlanta that had reportedly offered him 2 mill/year, but he turned it down. Apparently he was looking for 3+ on the open market. Now, it appears that he will likely get less than Columbus offered him (about 1.9 on a multi-year deal) to re-sign with them. Unless the Atlanta deal is still on the table.

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    I see any Comrie action to be part of a bigger picture move. I.e. a trade that opens up a spot that Comrie fills.

    All by itself this doesn't make too much sense to me… though Comrie admittedly has an upside.

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    Not that Betts would be a saviour or anything, but it is strange that Tambs was willing to offer Neil a multiyear deal for around 2 mill/year but not offer Betts a 1 year deal for less than half that. He could be easily had for 650,000 imo. The Oilers thinking is interesting at times it seems.

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    Robin Brownlee wrote:

    As much as I’d like to tell you this Comrie item is the result of yet another Wanye Gretz bender involving alcohol and prescription drugs, I can say with certainty it’s not — at least not as far as interest in Comrie by the Oilers goes.
    Shortly before I wrote the Mike Comrie: Do Over? item Aug 19, I heard talk from people who would know that the Oilers were entertaining the possibility of offering Comrie a contract. I’d spent a couple of days tying to lock this down without much luck when Wanye’s sleuthing hit the website today.
    I still haven’t asked Mike about this, but I did talk to agent Ritch Winter today. He declined comment, so I don’t know what the level of interest is from Comrie’s side of things, given that I’m led to believe a handful of teams are looking at him.
    While I stand by my original post that a return by Comrie makes little sense, given the make-up of the roster and the Oilers salary cap issues, I can say without much doubt owner Daryl Katz doesn’t much care about any misgivings I might have. This has legs.

    Mocked Tencer and Stauffer for even discussing the possibility on air. Got scooped by Wanye. Tencer has been posting on twitter confirming Wanye's post that this is a possibility from his Oiler sources.

    And the guy that wrote a post on Aug 19th stating that there was "no way" that Comrie was coming to Edmonton…

    "Be that as it may, any flights of fancy about Comrie returning here will crash and burn when he signs with Ottawa, Philadelphia or New Jersey, Maybe even Los Angeles, if Ms. Duff has any pull around the Staples Center. But here? No way.
    I’m not even going to ask him"

    … is now saying that he supposedly "heard talk from people who would know that the Oilers were entertaining the possibility of offering Comrie a contract" before he wrote that article.

    Hmmmmm… kinda makes you wonder why such person would write an article contrary to his "sources".

    … but thanks for letting us know "this has legs".

    Because Wanye and Tencer have told us so.

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