Hip Surgery Sidelines Pens' Comrie for 3-4 Months
After a mere 16 games in the iconic black and gold, Mike Comrie's 2010-11 season, and time as a Pittsburgh Penguin, may already be over.
The club released a statement Wednesday announcing that Comrie had undergone surgery in Vail, Colorado to help mend an ailing hip injury, originally suffered in the Penguins’ second game of the season on October 9th against the Montreal Canadiens, and is expected to be sidelined for a period of 3-4 months.
Playing in just 14 games since the aforementioned contest against the Habs, Comrie became a frequent fixture on the Penguins’ list of scratches, missing the team’s last 15 games, whilst causing many observers to speculate that the Edmonton, Alberta native, signed to a 1-year contract worth the league-minimum $500,000 salary in early September, had fallen out of favour with Dan Bylsma and his coaching staff. But with the injury and subsequent surgical procedure now becoming public knowledge, it appears as though Comrie’s valiant attempt to “play through the pain”, as has become commonplace for countless professional athletes, is to blame for his extended absence from the ice. While he failed to record a goal in his 16 games of action, Comrie did muster 5 assists before being removed from the lineup.
Assuming all goes well during the lengthy recovery process, Comrie is expected to return in time for the playoffs. But at this point in time, General Manager Ray Shero’s low-risk, high-reward off-season acquisition has indeed failed to deliver.