-- There is a word Mike Commodore
is using these days that admittedly didn’t enter his vocabulary much a few years ago.
“Patience is the key word,” said Commodore, a 31-year old free-agent addition by the Detroit Red Wings
who’s recovering from a preseason knee sprain. “It’s not a bad situation for me. I just need to stay patient and make sure I’m ready when the opportunity comes.”
That’s because the situation in Detroit has changed since the time Commodore left a game at the United Center in the second period against the Chicago Blackhawks
. At the time, it looked like he had the inside track over 24-year-old Jakub Kindl
for the role of sixth defenseman.
Since Commodore’s been out, Kindl has thrived while teamed with 27-year old Jonathan Ericsson
as the Wings’ third D-pairing. Detroit now appears to have one of the deepest defense corps in the League from top to bottom despite Brian Rafalski
’s retirement and not bringing in a high-priced free agent.