Mike Comrie C/W 2006-2007, 2008-2009
Born in Edmonton in 1980, Comrie was drafted 91st overall in 1999 by his hometown Oilers. He spent two years playing for the University of Michigan before spending part of one season with the Kootenay Ice of the WHL. He was an offensive star in both college and junior, and scored more than two points-per-game with the Ice. He joined the Oilers in 2000-2001, after signing a $10M three-year deal full of incentives because of an ECL loophole. He contributed offensively during his first three seasons in Edmonton, but a contract dispute between Comrie and Oilers GM Kevin Lowe carried on for more than 30 games to start the 2003-2004. He was traded to Philadelphia in December 2003, then traded to Phoenix after just 21 games in Philly. Comrie was acquired by the Senators on January 3, 2007 from the Coyotes for Alexei Kaigorodov, a clear steal for the Sens. A valuable depth contributor during the regular season and the run to the Stanley Cup Final, Comrie signed with the Islanders as a free agent in the offseason. He was traded back to the Senators on February 20, 2009 along with Chris Campoli, for Dean McAmmond and the Sharks first round pick in 2009. Comrie's second stint in Ottawa was not nearly as productive as the first and he was not retained by the club once the season finished. After undergoing hip surgery for a third time, Comrie retired from hockey in February 2012.
Cory Conacher L 2012-2013, 2013-2014
Born in Burlington, Ontario in 1989, Conacher went undrafted and attended Canisius College for four years and was an offensive star. His 12 school records earned him AHL tryouts and he signed a one-year deal with the Norfolk Admirals. He was an AHL All-Star in 2011-2012, and signed a two-year deal with the Norfolk's parent club, the Tampa Bay Lightning in March, 2012. He helped the Admirals win a Calder Cup in 2012, as well as the Les Cunningham Award as league MVP and was also the AHL's top rookie. In the lockout-shortened 2012-2013 season, Conacher got off to a hot start with the Tampa Bay Lightning, with 24 points in 35 games. He was traded to Ottawa for Ben Bishop on April 3, 2013. He struggled to score during his 2013-2014 campaign with Ottawa, a problem that was magnified by Bishop's Vezina-calibre play. Conacher was waived at the trade deadline and claimed by the Buffalo Sabres on March 5, 2014.
Best #89: Mike Comrie, 1st Edition
This one's pretty easy. The Senators got off to a slow start in 2006-2007 but after Comrie's arrival, went on a roll all the way to the Stanley Cup Final. Comrie was a valued depth conributor for the Sens who provided much needed secondary scoring.
Worst #89: Mike Comrie, 2nd Edition
There's a case to be made for Cory Conacher, but most of that case revolves around Sens asset management. Comrie's second go with the Senators was a failure.