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Jim Nill lauds Comeau’s “determination and physical presence” as the expansion draft looms. Plus, more Stanley Cup action, more NHL Awards, and just more, period.

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Dallas Stars GM Jim Nill – who has been known, occasionally, to swing for the fences – is better known around these parts for playing it safe. And it’s a safe bet that forward Blake Comeau’s new one-year, $1 million contract is a security signing.

The Stars’ press room announced the Comeau deal this morning, with this quote from the main guy:

“We’re excited to be able to bring Blake back for another season,” said Nill. “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.”

There are questions, of course: Is Nill planning to protect Joe Pavelski and therefore qualifying Comeau for the Seattle Kraken expansion draft next month? (Taylor discusses this signing as a draft strategy here.)

Could this be a potential sign-and-trade move? And does it mean the Magic Mustache is setting the stage (or at least keeping his powder dry) for a bigger deal, like Blake Coleman?

Or does it simply mean that Nill likes his #veterangrit and likes what Comeau brings to the dressing room?

Let’s discuss it. You can find the rest of the press release at the Stars’ homepage. [Dallas Stars]


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