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Mike Comrie calls it a career


It was a short career, but an eventful one for Mike Comrie.

The 10-year NHL veteran announced his retirement from hockey today after playing in 589 games with seven different teams. Sportsnet’s Gene Principe reports Comrie’s announcement comes just two weeks after having surgery on his hip.

Comrie finished his career with 168 goals and 365 points. He played in just 21 games last season with the Pittsburgh Penguins before having his season ended thanks to injury. Twice Comrie was a 30-goal scorer, once with Edmonton and Phoenix each, and scored 20 goals or more three other times.

Of course, you might remember him more in recent years for marrying Hollywood starlet Hillary Duff. If you can’t win a Stanley Cup, finding a lovely bride makes for a decent win in life as well.

Getting to retire at age 31 and play the part of house dad just helps everyone get even more jealous of the guy that gets to coast on the earnings of The Brick furniture store chain in Canada, which his father Bill founded over 40 years ago.

Score one for the Comries: Mike Comrie and Hillary Duff expecting first child

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Signs you know we’re deep in summer and eager for any hockey news: This story.

Former Penguins forward and potentially soon-to-be retired star Mike Comrie has some other good news in his life now. Comrie and celebrity wife Hillary Duff are expecting their first child. Comrie’s hip injury may keep him from getting back on the ice anytime soon, but that might work out for the best as he can now play the role of stay-at-home dad.

Duff announced that she was with child on her website as their first wedding anniversary had approached. Being one of two high-profile NHL couples (Nashville’s Mike Fisher and country singer Carrie Underwood being the other) it’s tough to ignore news of this sort and while this has absolutely nothing at all to do with the game itself, let’s all wish health and wellness to the expectant couple.


Mike Comrie won’t return until he completes rehab from hip surgery; Is his career over?

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For a guy who’s just 30 years old, Mike Comrie has seen a lot of highs and lows in his NHL career. It’s quite possible that we’ve seen the last of him, though.

That’s the unshakable takeaway from Comrie’s press release today. The 10-year NHL veteran announced that he won’t continue his NHL career until his surgically repaired hip is “fully rehabilitated.” Comrie underwent hip surgery for the second time of his career during an injury-marred 2010-11 with the Pittsburgh Penguins. Comrie announced that there is “no timetable” for his return, which doesn’t guarantee that he will retire, but that seems like a possibility. Then again, the release ends with a hint that maybe it’s not quite over by saying that the rehab process could take several more months.

Going into the 2010-11 season, many thought Comrie had a chance to shake “Mr. Hillary Duff” jokes by playing alongside talented teammates in Pittsburgh. His season never really took off, though, as he scored just one goal and five assists for six points in 21 games.

“In wanting to return to play after surgery, I pushed myself too early and that has not helped my recovery,” said Comrie. “I will return to the NHL when I am healthy and able to play at the level I have come to expect of myself.”

Looking back at Comrie’s career (so far?)

If this really is the end of Comrie’s career, it should be remembered as a solid one that could have been even better. He began his NHL career as a homegrown favorite with the Edmonton Oilers, notching 133 points in his first 192 games from 2000-01 to 02-03.

Things fell apart after that, though, as a contract holdout eventually prompted Edmonton to trade him to the Philadelphia Flyers on December 16, 2003. Comrie lasted 21 games with the Flyers before he was traded to the Phoenix Coyotes, where he played 122 games (parts of three seasons). Comrie eventually was traded twice more (both times by the Ottawa Senators) and also signed as a free agent with the New York Islanders, Penguins and even had a short reunion with the Oilers.

There’s a lot of “what ifs” that go with many careers like his, but it’s hard not to wonder how much better things might have been for Comrie if that contract squabble never happened in Edmonton.

Will he be back?

That being said, the thing that makes Comrie a little different from Paul Kariya (a player who put his career on a hiatus because of injury issues and eventually retired) is his age. There’s at least some reason to believe that Comrie simply needs more time to rehab that hip injury. He could very well decide to come back late in the 2011-12 season, making him a solid mid-season free agent pickup for a team that needs a little pop on offense.

We’ll wait and see, but there’s a distinct chance that Comrie’s career might end with a whimper.

Mike Comrie and Alex Kovalev won’t be Penguins next season

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If you’re a Penguins fan and you were left feeling empty by the end of the season that’s understandable. After all a first round playoff loss stinks and leaves you feeling like it all came to an end too soon. The Penguins are looking ahead to next season, however, and they’re already making choices about who’s staying and who’s coming back.

A pair of names that won’t be donning the Penguins sweater next season are a pair of more famous names. Penguins GM Ray Shero said today that while he’s looking ahead and working on deals with some potential free agents in house, he won’t be bringing back either Mike Comrie or Alex Kovalev next season.

Shelly Anderson of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette gets the details from Shero about why Comrie and Kovalev won’t be back.

Shero said he isn’t sure what Comrie’s future holds but that it’s possible the hip surgery Comrie had in December will hinder his prospects of playing in the NHL again. Comrie, 30, was signed as a free agent last summer but after a strong preseason got hurt. He had a goal and five assists in 21 games and did not appear in the playoffs after he had been cleared to return.

Kovalev, 38, was obtained in March from Ottawa but never recaptured the magic he had during his first tour with the Penguins He had two goals, seven points in 20 regular-season games and one goal, two points in seven playoff games.

It’s not shocking that either of these guys won’t be back but both players offered different brands of disappointment. Comrie’s injury obviously made things more difficult for him and knocking him out for the better part of the year made life harder for him and the Pens given the other injuries they had to deal with during the year. Comrie was signed as an inexpensive option for the Penguins in that if he was able to find the form he had previously in his career and having him play alongside Sidney Crosby or Evgeni Malkin would’ve netted great results. Instead injuries conspired against all of them to make their season more difficult.

Kovalev was acquired midseason to try and give the Penguins an older, but familiar, lift while they were without Malkin and Crosby. Instead, Kovalev couldn’t get quite rejuvenated and couldn’t produce the offense the Pens hoped for. Given how old Kovalev is now, you have to wonder if this is perhaps the end of the road for him as his production has fallen off in each of the last three seasons.

How the Penguins opt to fill ranks in the offseason with Malkin looking to come back from knee surgery ready for training camp and a watchful eye on Sidney Crosby’s continued rehab from a January concussion continuing  will make free agent season worthwhile for the Penguins. When it comes to Ray Shero, always expect the savvy move to be made rather than the big splash.

Mike Comrie expects to play again for the Penguins tonight

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Dust off your Hillary Duff jokes (and GIFs) again, because it looks like Mike Comrie will be back in the Pittsburgh Penguins’ lineup tonight. He will take the place of forward Dustin Jeffrey, who reportedly injured his right leg during last night’s game against the Philadelphia Flyers.

A hip injury sidelined Comrie beginning on November 24th and forced him to have surgery on December 29th.

When he did play for the Penguins, he wasn’t very effective, going without a goal and earning just five assists in 16 games during his abbreviated 2010-11 season. Then again, that injury might have been bothering him the entire time for all we know.

Shelly Anderson also points out that backup goalie Brent Johnson is day-to-day with a minor injury, so Brad Thiessen will dress behind Marc-Andre Fleury tonight. These aren’t the kind of additions (or subtractions) that really make a difference for the Penguins, unless Comrie ends up being a bigger asset that he was so far this season.