Blake Comeau signed a one-year, $1 million contract to stay with the Dallas Stars on Monday.
“I think we have a really good chance to win a Stanley Cup here,” Comeau said. “I’m excited to be a part of the team next year when we have a fully healthy lineup to start the season. It’s a great hockey city, we have a great fan base, and I’m excited that I was wanted back for another year. So the decision wasn’t hard when I sat back and talked to my wife and we figured out what would be best for us.”
The 35-year-old forward could have been an unrestricted free agent July 28. He scored 14 points (four goals, 10 assists) in 51 games this season, when he led Stars forwards and was third on Dallas with 106 hits.
“Offensively, I’d like to be able to contribute a little bit more,” Comeau said. “You look at the teams that are still in the playoffs and have been successful the last few years, I feel like their bottom six, they have a specific role they need to fill, and when you look at playoffs, you get some timely scoring from bottom-six guys. … That being said, there are other parts of the game that I can help the team with, the penalty kill, my physical play, my leadership in the locker room. So if I’m not scoring, I have to make sure I’m doing other things throughout the game that helps our team win.”
Selected by the New York Islanders in the second round (No. 47) of the 2004 NHL Draft, Comeau has scored 333 points (140 goals, 193 assists) in 903 regular-season games with the Stars, Colorado Avalanche, Pittsburgh Penguins, Columbus Blue Jackets, Calgary Flames and Islanders. He has scored 12 points (six goals, six assists) in 53 Stanley Cup Playoff games.
“We’re excited to be able to bring Blake back for another season,” Stars general manager Jim Nill said. “Blake’s approach to the game, coupled with his determination and physical presence on the ice, has been a tremendous asset for us over the past three seasons. His vast experience has allowed him to become a strong leader in the dressing room and we’re thrilled he’ll be returning next season.”