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It never fails with these pesky press releases, seems they are always sent when I am in the middle of something else and cannot ever get them out fast enough. At any rate, the Islanders have announced that Blake Comeau has been signed to a two-year, likely one way contract. Comeau was an integral part of the lineup for much of last season and as I said when Jack Hillen was resigned last week – I was hoping a deal could be worked out for Blake as well.

Here is what the team had to say about Comeau today:

The New York Islanders announced today that they have agreed to terms with forward, Blake Comeau to a two-year contract.

Comeau was originally selected by the Islanders at the 2004 National Hockey League Entry Draft in the second round (47th overall). After starting last season with the organization’s American Hockey League affiliate, the Bridgeport Sound Tigers, Comeau returned to the Islanders, producing his best year yet with seven goals and 18 assists for 25 points in 53 games. Over the past two seasons, Comeau has played in a total of 104 games with the Islanders, collecting 40 points (15 goals and 25 assists).

“We are excited to have Blake as part of our line-up,” said Garth Snow, General Manager, New York Islanders. “He is a versatile player who has great promise and is developing into a solid NHL player.”

Internationally, Comeau was a part of Team Canada’s gold medal winning 2006 World Junior Championship team. He served as the assistant captain and led the team in scoring with three goals and four assists for seven points.

Prior to his pro career, Comeau skated in the Western Hockey League for the Kelowna Rockets. The Meadow Lake, SASK native won the Memorial Cup with the Rockets in 2004, notching six points (four goals and two assists) in 17 games.

Congratulations Blake, these next two years are a great opportunity to prove you have found your niche on Long Island and can help rebuild them back into a contender.