Comeau agrees to terms prior to arbitration

The Islanders forward is excited to be back for another season

Wednesday, 08.3.2011 / 6:03 PM ET / News
By Dyan LeBourdais
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Comeau agrees to terms prior to arbitration
On Tuesday night, a few minutes before 9 p.m., Blake Comeau and the Islanders agreed to terms on a one-year deal; Comeau's signing prevented an arbitration hearing on Thursday.

“I’m really excited,” Comeau said. “I think (arbitration is) something that both sides don’t like to do if there’s a resolution you can get to before the set date. Like I said, I’m excited that it’s done. I’m excited that I can move forward and look forward to this season. Long Island is where I want to be.”

A native of Meadow Lake, SK, Comeau feels a strong connection to Long Island because he’s been part of the organization since he was drafted by the Islanders in the second round (47th overall) of the 2004 NHL Entry Draft and made his NHL debut at 19 years of age.

“I’ve been a part of the whole rebuilding phase,” Comeau said. “I’m really excited about the talent that we have on the team. It’s nice to be back and still be a part of that process. I want to help the team as much as I can to make that next step, to be a playoff team and ultimately a Stanley Cup contender.”

In his fifth professional campaign, Comeau established career highs in goals (24), assists (22) and points (46) last season, finishing fourth on the club in goals and fifth in points.

While he hasn’t set personal goals for this coming season, like his teammates, he has his sights set on the postseason.

“I think everyone’s goal is to make the playoffs,” Comeau said. “It seems like last year we were kind of bitten by the injury bug a little bit, but I think if we stay healthy, there is no reason why we can’t be a playoff team.”

Comeau added, “We have a great chemistry in the locker room. We have some talented forwards, great goaltending, great defensemen and some veterans as well. So it’s a great combination and I think everyone is really excited to get the season under way.”

This offseason has been busier than usual for Comeau. In addition to his new contract, Comeau married his long-time girlfriend in early July.

“The wedding went really well,” he said. “My wife did a great job of planning everything and not making it too stressful for me. It was a lot of fun.”

What was special about the experience is that eight of Comeau’s present and former teammates made it to Kelowna to watch him tie the knot.

“Almost all the guys that made it to the wedding are from out on the east coast,” Comeau said. “So it wasn’t an easy travel for them to come all the way (to Saskatchewan), but obviously I was excited that they all made it for their support, for me and Lacey.”

He added, “I think that just shows what kind of a group of guys we have in the locker room and how everyone gets along with everyone supporting each other. I think that’s going to pay off on the ice.”

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EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 x - MTL 76 47 21 8 200 169 102
2 x - NYR 75 47 21 7 228 177 101
3 TBL 76 46 23 7 244 198 99
4 PIT 76 42 23 11 210 190 95
5 NYI 77 45 27 5 235 215 95
6 DET 75 40 23 12 220 206 92
7 WSH 76 41 25 10 223 188 92
8 BOS 76 38 25 13 201 196 89
9 OTT 75 37 26 12 218 203 86
10 FLA 76 35 26 15 190 207 85
11 PHI 76 30 29 17 198 219 77
12 CBJ 75 36 35 4 207 232 76
13 NJD 76 31 33 12 168 194 74
14 CAR 75 28 36 11 174 204 67
15 TOR 76 28 42 6 198 244 62
16 BUF 75 20 47 8 144 254 48

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2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Tavares 77 34 43 -2 77
R. Strome 76 16 32 20 48
K. Okposo 55 16 31 -11 47
F. Nielsen 76 14 28 8 42
B. Nelson 77 19 22 7 41
A. Lee 71 23 16 10 39
J. Bailey 65 15 23 3 38
J. Boychuk 67 8 25 9 33
N. Leddy 73 10 21 14 31
T. Hamonic 67 5 26 16 31
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
J. Halak 36 16 2 .913 2.42
C. Johnson 8 8 1 .889 3.08

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