|The Flames claimed Blake Comeau, who had no points in 16 games with the Islanders, off waivers on Friday. (Tony Caldwell/QMI Agency/Files)
CALGARY - If a fresh start is all Blake Comeau needed, the Calgary Flames hope they'll provide him the perfect environment to rediscover his form.
The Flames plucked the Meadow Lake, Sask., product off waivers Friday from the New York Islanders, adding the blazing fast 25-year-old who scored 24 goals last season.
"Blake is a smart, committed, two-way hockey player who kills penalties, is responsible defensively and can score some goals as well," said Flames GM Jay Feaster.
"We have liked this player for a long time, and our scouts and staff are convinced a change is going to be good for him.
"We are excited to add him to our club without having to give up an asset."
The Flames did, however, have to make a roster move to get to the 23-man limit, sending rookie Paul Byron back to the AHL Abbotsford Heat.
Ranked fourth in the waiver order, the Flames landed a player selected in the second round of the 2004 NHL Entry Draft, and who has championships on his resume.
Comeau won a Memorial Cup with the WHL Kamloops Blazers in 2004, and won world junior gold with Flames head coach Brent Sutter in Vancouver in 2006 — leading the Canadians in scoring with four goals and seven points in six games.
Comeau, who weighs in at 6-feet and 195 lbs., is signed for this season at $2.5 million and becomes a restricted free agent next summer.
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