In terms offseason acquisitions who have cantankerous histories with the Penguins, Blake Comeau was overshadowed by the signing of Steve Downie and training camp invitation of Daniel Carcillo, each former Flyers.
But that doesn't mean Comeau hasn't butted heads with his new employer in the past.
While with the Islanders, Comeau suffered a concussion after being hit by former Penguins forward Maxime Talbot in a 3-0 home win by the Penguins Feb. 2, 2011, which was far more notable for a one-sided fight between Penguins goaltender Brent Johnson and his New York counterpart, Rick DiPietro:
Upset with the Penguins, particularly over Talbot's hit, the Islanders routed the Penguins, 9-3, nine days later on Long Island in a contest which featured several brawls, penalty minutes, suspensions and embarrassment for both organizations and the NHL as a whole.
Last spring in Game 6 of a first-round postseason series, as a member of the Blue Jackets, Comeau rattled Penguins forward Beau Bennett with a hit in the corner. Former Penguins forward Joe Vitale responded by striking Comeau with a low hit which injured both players:
Comeau's willingness to mix it up physically as well as his scoring touch - he had 24 goals with the Islanders in 2010-11 - are two attributes which Penguins management liked in Comeau when it signed him to a one-year contract worth $700,000 in July.
Able to play either wing position, Comeau, who has also played for the Flames, is in the mix to fill in on the team's third line which struggled to find a cast of regular wingers last season.
Yesterday, Comeau talked about joining the Penguins:
What attracted you to the Penguins as a free agent?
"Well it's a pretty easy decision. You have a chance at winning the Stanley Cup every year. They're a great organization. They treat their players and their families really great. Any chance you have a chance to go to an organization that wants to win the Stanley Cup and they're committed to doing everything they can to win it, it's an easy decision for a player to go to a team like that."
You've been involved in some heated confrontations with the Penguins. What is that like joining the other side of that?
"It's a little different. Obviously, we played Pittsburgh in the first round of the playoffs last year and anytime you're playing in a playoff series, things get heated. There's good rivalries formed. But that being said, once you meet most guys off the ice, everyone's great guys. Everyone gets along really well. Some new faces. The guys who have been around have been very welcoming and they're making everyone feel very comfortable. "
With the Islanders, you scored your first NHL goal against the Penguins in a 4-2 road win, Dec. 21, 2007. What do you remember from that?
"I just remember coming down the wall and pulling up. I think it was [Penguins center Evgeni] Malkin that skated past me and I just buried my head and took a slap shot. It went in on [Penguins goaltender Dany Sabourin]. It's one of those goals you can't remember everything about it. It was definitely an exciting time for myself."
You had a career-best 24 goals in 2010-11. What worked for you that season?
"I think I got a good opportunity to play. I was playing in all situations. As I've gone to different teams, I've had to adapt to different roles. There's nothing wrong with that. I think I really learned to play in both ends of the ice since I left [Long Island]. Last year in Columbus, I was in more of a fourth-line checking role and didn't get a whole lot of penalty kill time for whatever reason. This year, I'm looking for a fresh start. That's something I definitely can bring to the team is a physical style as a responsible forward. Like you said, I've scored 20 goals before so I think I still have that. I've just got to get the opportunity and make the most of it. "
What do you need to do here to nail down a role on the bottom two lines?
"For myself, it's just going out and playing the way how I know to play. Playing that power forward physical style. That's when I'm involved and things are working for me. It's not about going out and doing anything different. As long as I play the way I know how I can play, I'll let the cards fall into place where they may."
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