The Columbus Blue Jackets have signed forward Blake Comeau to a one-year contract.
Comeau struggled to begin the 2011–12 season, and after failing to register a point in 16 games, was placed on waivers by the Islanders where he was claimed by the Calgary Flames. He scored 5 goals and 15 points with the Flames. Comeau became a restricted free agent following the season, the Flames would have had to give him a qualifying offer at least equal to his last contract to retain his rights. The Flames declined, and he became an unrestricted free agent. Comeau chose to re-sign with the Flames anyway, taking a 50 percent pay cut to do so, as he and the team agreed on a one-year, $1.25 million contract for 2012–13.
The 27-year-old Comeau was acquired on April 3 from Calgary for a fifth-round pick in Sunday’s draft. He totalled six goals and six assists in 42 games during the season, which he split between Calgary and Columbus.
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