COLUMBUS, Ohio -- The NHL trade deadline included some fireworks for the Blue Jackets, but they made a solid acquisition in the shadow of a blockbuster.
Jarmo Kekalainen, seeking to bolster his bottom six and inject an element of secondary offense into the lineup, sent a fifth-round pick (2013) to the Calgary Flames in exchange for Blake Comeau. Comeau, a second-round pick of the New York Islanders in 2004, had three seasons of 25-plus points in a second and third-line role in New York before being traded to the Flames in 2011.
When it looked like things weren't going to work out in Calgary (and as the deadline approached), Comeau became available and the Blue Jackets were quick to make the deal. He became a dependable player on the second and fourth lines for the Blue Jackets, filling in when Artem Anisimov was hurt and spending time on a line with Brandon Dubinsky and Cam Atkinson.
Clearly, the Blue Jackets liked what they got from Comeau and the two sides agreed to continue their relationship. Comeau inked a one-year deal with the Blue Jackets today and will return in 2013-14, bringing more stability to the club's forward group as free agency awaits in a few days.
“Blake is a dependable two-way forward who combines physical play with ability in the offensive zone,” said Kekalainen. “We liked what we saw from him at the end of last season as he fit in very well with our team and we’re pleased to have signed him to this extension.”
The 27-year-old native of Meadow Lake, Sask., could play a valuable role for Columbus and he's just entering the prime of his career. He scored six goals and 12 points in 42 games split between Calgary and Columbus in 2012-13, and scored a career-high 24 goals with the Islanders in 2011.
Comeau played nine games for the Blue Jackets, recorded two goals and five points.