Hey, I agree.....but he shoulda been sent to Bridgeport. A claim against him THEN meant this brainthrust operation was at least losing him by doing the right thing.
(Wang needed his cap hit only so much and could have sent him down)
IMO, the team did the right thing by getting rid of him as he was a detriment to the team and his linemates.
BUT, mgmt totally dropped the ball with their poor evaluation of Comeau and his potential as a long term contributor for this team. A better managed team would have dished him to the highest bidder during the summer. I think we all saw the signs of Blake not being able to put it all together despite his 20+ goals last season. Some pretty bad players have put up 20+ goals in the past. Dave Scatchard comes to mind (twice).
For those saying Garth should have moved him this summer, don't you think he may have tried and that nobody wanted him? or wanted to give up anything for him? None of us are in Snow's office so we're not 100% sure, but I am sure Snow did try to move him before ultimately waiving him for nothing.
Blake Comeau: Talented player coached by awful coaches.
I don't think many fans here need a reason to dump on Snow and Wang and the coaching staff - but in Comeau's case, I lean towards "It's HIM".
He simply hasn't been able to change his game to be effective in the NHL on a consistent basis. Yes, he scored 24 goals, but all goals are not created equal. Last year he played PP, PK and a regular shift 5on5. He was close to the top minute forwards on the team and in the league - NOT because he "earned" it, but because the team had serious injuries COMBINED with an extreme lack of talent.
Comeau had good STATS last year, but he didn't have a good year. Any pro-scouts that would have followed the Islanders (if there even were any) would notice this.
Remember Jason Blake's 40 goals? Well, he sucked too. And he's shown it every year since then. (Maybe he didn't suck, I liked the way he worked hard and skated but he was not a 40goal player and definitely not worth that money).
If I were Snow, I'd have pushed the coaching staff to turn Comeau into a #3 shutdown centre or shutdown winger. With his size, skating and skills, he could be really effective in a role like that. He just doesn't have the head to play an offensive role in the NHL, not on a good team anyway.
Maybe one day it'll "click" and he'll become that player. But from what I've seen of him in Calgary, he's even worse than he was with the Islanders. Too bad Brent Sutter doesn't watch Isles games either.