When the Rangers look at their options at the center position when considering who should be the man to pair with newcomer Marian Gaborik, they are often found scratching their heads. Chris Drury is likely to be the no. 2 line center and the top spot figures to belong to the multi-faceted Brandon Dubinsky.
But other than those two holdovers from a year ago, the only other options are newcomers Tyler Arnason and Brian Boyle, the promising Artem Anisimov, and I guess you can consider Mr. October, Aaron Voros. But scouring the list the available free agents, there was one name that immediately came to mind: Mike Comrie.
Comrie, when healthy, is a very versatile center that can put the puck in the net. In 2005-06, he netted 10 goals and 15 assists on the power play in Phoenix. Two seasons ago on Long Island, he chipped in 4 goals and 17 assists with the man advantage.
The two-time 30 goal scorer was traded last season from the Islanders to Ottawa and is likely itching to get back to the Big Apple, this time immersed in the bright lights of Broadway. I’m sure that if you asked his girlfriend, actress Hilary Duff, whether she’d prefer Manhattan over Ottawa, there would be a glare followed by minimal discussion.
So why not kick the tires on Comrie? It’s a win-win-win situation. The Rangers get another threat at the center position, Duff gets inundated with New York City shopping, and Comrie steps into an aggressive system that could help revive his career.