Blake Comeau enjoyed his time in Pittsburgh this season and, according to his agent, would welcome a return to the organization for next year.
“[Blake] is definitely interested in the possibility of returning to Pittsburgh,” Kurt Overhardt told PHT on Thursday. “It’s our goal to try and work something out, but of course we always have July 1 pending.”
Comeau, 29, finished sixth on the team in goals last season, with 16, and averaged over 15 minutes per night — often on a line with Evgeni Malkin. The former Islander, Flame and Blue Jacket also netted his highest point total (31) since scoring 24 goals and 46 points on Long Island four years ago.
Considering GM Jim Rutherford signed Comeau to a one-year deal for $700,000 last July, the Pens received pretty good return on their investment. Head coach Mike Johnston sung Comeau’s praises throughout the season, most notably after a Game 1 loss to the Rangers in the opening playoff round.
“[Comeau] is a guy we can move in our lineup like we have during the year,” Johnston said, per ESPN. “He can play up, he can play the middle. He’s an energy guy. And he’s most effective when he uses his speed and shot.”
The former WHL Kelowna standout also brings a sandpaper element. He finished second on the team in hits this season, with 118, and said he enjoys playing a physical, gritty game. Add it all up, and Comeau could be a guy that generates a fair amount of interest on the open market.
“Hard, tough, two-way player,” said one Western Conference scout, also per ESPN. “I’d take him on [my team].”