The Texas Stars, the AHL affiliate of the NHL Dallas Stars, announced the signing of Stanley Cup winning defenseman, Mike Commodore to a professional tryout contract. The Stars announcement comes on the heels of a come-from-behind win against the San Antonio Rampage, 4-3.
Commodore, 33, last played for the Hamilton Bulldogs of the AHL (affiliate of Montreal Canadiens), registering two points but 26 PIMS in 17 games. A victim of the lockout, Commie ended last season with the Tampa Bay Lightning, playing 13 games and racking up 17 penalty minutes.
Last year started off promising as he was picked up by the Detroit Red Wings on the July 1st free agency frenzy. Despite being the only player on the Detroit roster to not register a minus rating during any game, the Red Wings misused his veteran leadership and only dressed him for 17 games.
Mike played his college hockey at the University of North Dakota when he was drafted 42nd overall by the New Jersey Devils. After a stop in Calgary, he was traded to the Hurricanes in 2005. Carolina went on to win the Stanley Cup that season. Commie wasn’t done winning championships, as the following year in Moscow, Team Canada defeated Team Finland to win the IIHF World Championship gold medal.
The Stars, who currently lead the Western conference will head into the playoffs with a defenseman who has a wealth of experience and a personality that can keep a young locker room loose in the heated moments of a long playoff run as the Stars look for their first Calder Cup in team history. Not to be over looked, is if Commodore is inked to a full term contract, he then could be looked at by the Dallas Stars, who also find themselves in a tightly contested battle to finish in the top-8 and are lacking in sizable defensemen with championship caliber experience.
The video below shows that Mike can net a goal or two when called upon, even when he's killing off a 5-on-3 power play.