The Columbus Blue Jackets signed their second free agent in the last few days on Tuesday, though this one carries significantly less significance than the first one. Columbus and Blake Comeau agreed to a one-year contract worth $1 million to keep the veteran forward around for next year.
Comeau’s time with the Blue Jackets has been short, as he was acquired at the trade deadline to add an extra bit of forward depth. He actually performed quite well for the Blue Jackets down the stretch, as they missed out on the playoffs by just a game on the final day of the season.
Comeau hasn’t been able to regain the form he flashed in the 2010-11 season, with the New York Islanders. That year saw him post 46 points, including a career best 24 goals. The 2013 season was the closest he came to even appearing in as many games as that year, playing in 42 games total between two teams last year.
With the Blue Jackets, Comeau appeared in only nine games, but left enough of an impression to be re-signed. He finished with five points in nine games and a plus-5 rating, a much better production rate than he had posted in any of the last couple of years, of course in an extremely small sample size.
Comeau will add some secondary scoring to the mix for the Blue Jackets, in a completely low pressure environment. He’ll not only add a bit of offense, but can play the physical game as well, with 95 hits last year. He’s the type of veteran role player that’ll fit well with this Jackets team.
At $1 million, it’s an extremely low risk investment for the Blue Jackets. He performed well in his short time, and if that carries over, he’ll set himself up well for the future. If not, it’s not a big loss at all financially for the Blue Jackets. This is a no-risk move and a solid signing.