|Blake & Lacey Comeau|
Including Comeau, three former Kelowna Rockets teammates intend or intended to go to contract arbitration. Blueliner Josh Gorges just re-signed on a one-year deal with Montreal. And rumor has it that fellow defenseman, Shea Weber is also looking for a short term deal. Now I'm really curioius what happens with Comeau?
July 27, 2011 Update:
Katie Strang NYI Reporter: When asked about the likelihood of signing the 25-year-old winger before August 4, general manager Garth Snow said "it looks like it will go to arbitration...We've had some discussions that have been positive, but if a deal isn't struck, arbitration is a tool we can use to come to a resolution." Snow said during a rally for a new (NYI) Coliseum Wednesday.
Aug 2, 2011 Update:
Katie Strang: #Isles avoid arbitration with Blake Comeau; 25-year-old winger agrees to terms on one-year deal worth $2.5 million
@DarrenDreger Darren Dreger: Shea Weber asked for $8.5 and Preds submitted $4.75 million. Arbitrator has 48 hrs to decide on 1 year term.
@FriedgeHNIC Elliotte Friedman: But, as one agent said, "This is the strategy for a player (Weber) who wants to leave."
Original article continued:
|Blake Comeau, Shea Weber & friends|
When Comeau was asked about his Stanley Cup preferences before the final game, here's what he said: "We play against Boston out in the East and obviously I’m from British Columbia, that’s where I live in the summer so it would be nice for the province of British Columbia to maybe bring home a Stanley Cup, they haven’t done it yet. Just to see how passionate everyone is out here, obviously. I’m leaning towards them I guess, I would say."
|Weber, Gorges, Hannan, McLean, Fiddler|
Considering The shot blocking extraordinaire will certainly be in demand on July 1, 2012, I imagine MTL was likely looking to lock him up long-term. Yet, it seems as though Gorges resisted. Why the insistence on a short-term deal?
Do some of these former Kelowna Rockets alumni have some sort of pact between them to re-unite somewhere closer to home in the near future? Hmmm. (Aug 2, 2011 Edit: In the middle of negtiations with NSH, Weber even switched to Gorges agent, Jarrett Bousquet).
|Josh Gorges & the Memorial Cup|
Much ado about nothing here? Perhaps. But if "The Kelowna Connection" theory holds true, we maybe seeing a splashy re-union on the west coast soon.
Are you catching my drift here Canucks fans? (Its also worth noting, Comeau played with Alex Edler in Kelowna for one season -- the latter was himself a Rocket in 2005-06. )