Penguins Sign UFA C Mike Comrie

With the opening of National Hockey League traning camps fast approaching, and Jordan Staal's playing status in limbo due to a tendon injury in his right foot, the Pittsburgh Penguins have solidified their depth at center by signing Mike Comrie to a one-year, $500,000 contract, finding yet another proven talent willing to sacrifice a higher salary for a shot at hockey's ultimate prize.

The nine-year NHL veteran and two-time 30-goal scorer, who was married earlier this summer to pop sensation Hilary Duff, has also hit the 60-point plateau twice, and will provide an immediate boost to the Penguins' potent offensive arsenal. At league-minimum salary, Comrie's pact could turn out to be one of the most shrewd transactions GM Ray Shero has ever made. If Comrie can re-acquire his deft scoring touch from past seasons, this could very well be regarded as one of the summer's most successful signings.

Pittsburgh Penguins Official Press Release:

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The Pittsburgh Penguins have signed forward Mike Comrie to a one-year contract, it was announced today by executive vice president and general manager Ray Shero.

The contract is for the 2010-11 season and is worth $500,000.

Comrie, 29, has played nine NHL seasons with Edmonton, Philadelphia, Phoenix, Ottawa and the NY Islanders. In 568 career games, he has posted 167 goals, 192 assists, 359 points and 48 power-play goals. Comrie has appeared in 32 postseason contests, totaling 10 points (4G-6A).

Comrie (5-foot-10, 185 pounds) has scored 20 or more goals five times in his career, and twice hit the 30-goal mark. The Edmonton, Alberta native, who broke into the NHL in 2000 with his hometown Oilers after the club drafted him in the third round (91st overall) of the 1999 NHL Entry Draft, set career highs with 33 goals and 60 points (tied) in 2001-02.

Comrie, whose uncle Fred Comrie was drafted by the Penguins in 1973 (eighth round, 119th overall) but never suited up for Pittsburgh, has represented Canada in three World Championships (2002, ’03 and ’06). He helped his country earn a gold medal in the 2003 tournament.

Comrie starred in two seasons with the University of Michigan. He totaled 43 goals, 60 assists and 103 points in just 82 collegiate games. In his second and final season as a Wolverine, Comrie led the team in goals (24), assists (35) and points (59). His 59 points ranked fifth (tied) in the NCAA, and he was named as a finalist for the Hobey Baker Award, given annually to the best college hockey player.

Comrie helped Michigan win the Central Collegiate Hockey Association playoff championship as a freshman. He was named to the CCHA All-Rookie Team, CCHA First All-Star Team and CCHA Rookie of the Year after posting 44 points (19G-25A).