All signs have been pointing to the return of Mike Comrie to Edmonton.
From Robin Brownlee on Oilers Nation: “Mike Comrie still isn’t commenting about his discussions with the Oilers about a return to Edmonton, but I’m telling you that talks are not only ongoing, but getting down to brass tacks. Comrie didn’t speak on the record after skating at Kinsmen Arenas this morning, but we did have a chat and I’ll reiterate once again that there is interest on both sides in exploring a deal.”
Players have also been talking about this. Robert Tychkowski of the Edmonton Sun reports that both Ales Hemsky and Robert Nilsson would welcome Comrie back. Dan Tencer’s twitter updates quote Fernando Pisani as saying “Mike will help us.” Tencer figures this is a bit of a Freudian slip, as the correct phrase for someone not on your team is “Mike could help us.”
For sure though, the two sides have been talking. Tychkowski’s article also points out that two veteran Oilers (unnamed, but former roommate Shawn Horcoff would make sense as one of them) have confirmed that the Oilers and Comrie are talking. In case you missed it, Comrie has also been practicing with the Oilers the past couple of days (although he was said to be wearing a Senators practice jersey at the time).
My thoughts on this, as I’ve said before, are that the Oilers should at least give Mike Comrie an invite to training camp. I was really cold to the idea of coming here, but it actually makes a lot more sense now if you look at our lineup in a different way. If you think of our lines as 2 scoring lines, 1 shutdown line, and 1 energy line, Comrie fits in nowhere here. But if you think of us having three solid scoring lines, then for sure Comrie can fit in here.
That all said, let the speculation begin as to what the lines would be. I would personally say we should try Mike Comrie as our top line LW. He’s a natural center, although he has moved to the wing since leaving Edmonton. The one issue though is he shoots left, and that could hinder him a bit when it comes to accepting one timer passes from Hemsky. However on the powerplay that would work to his advantage, with Hemsky playing the left side.
So this all said, would you welcome Comrie back?