Montreal Canadiens: Predicting Mike Commodore’s Role When Play Resumes

December 1st, 2012 by Ryan Szporer Leave a reply »
As unimportant as Mike Commodore has become, it’s conversely very important to acknowledge the difference between a National Hockey League contract and the American Hockey League professional tryout (PTO) one he signed with the Hamilton Bulldogs in late November (via the Toronto Sun).

Save for a brief 48-hour window this past October in which owners and general managers were allowed to discuss negotiations with players (via the New York Daily News), the NHL has put in place a much-publicized gag order under which the Montreal Canadiens technically shouldn’t even be talking to Commodore.

This means the Habs, except for general manager Marc Bergevin signing him to the deal acting on behalf of the Bulldogs, officially had nothing at all to do with it.

The PTO entitles Commodore to a maximum of 25 games with the Bulldogs, a stint during which he can be let go or be signed for another 25 games (via So, Commodore will likely be a Bulldog for 50 games max before either becoming a free agent again or signing an official contract.

Put simply, Commodore is not a Montreal Canadien. He’s barely a Bulldog. ...

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