Comrie unsure when he will make debut
Comrie was traded to the Flyers by the Edmonton Oilers on Tuesday because of a bitter contract dispute that left the restricted free agent looking for a new place to play.
"It's no secret how good of a team they are," Comrie said. "I'm thrilled and can't wait."
The signing was announced before the Flyers took on the New York Islanders, and it's now just a matter of when Comrie will be in condition to play in a game. He is expected to move onto the Flyers' second line, once he is ready.
"I've been training and working out every day, so I guess the only thing that will determine how long it takes is the timing," Comrie said. "I don't think it'll take too long."
The Flyers wrapped up a four-game homestand Saturday and will embark on their longest road trip of the season, eight games, starting Sunday at Atlanta.
Philadelphia sent former first-round pick Jeff Woywitka and two draft picks to the Oilers to get the 23-year-old playmaker.
"He's a really good pure passer which I think is really difficult to find and difficult to do the way the game is played today," Flyers general manager Bob Clarke said.
The Oilers received a first-round pick in the 2004 entry draft and a third-round choice in the 2005 draft from the Flyers.
The Oilers thought they had a deal last week to send Comrie to Anaheim, but it was held up by Edmonton general manager Kevin Lowe, who wanted Comrie to pay the club $2.5 million first.
Edmonton offered Comrie the minimum raise allowed entering this season, which he rejected. The Oilers would not negotiate and Comrie asked to be traded.
In 69 games for the Oilers during the 2002-03 season, Comrie had 20 goals and 31 assists for 51 points. In 192 career NHL games over three seasons with Edmonton (2000-01 through 2002-03), Comrie has 61 goals and 72 assists for 133 points.
"He's a very good scorer," Clarke said. "He brings a lot of offense to our team."
Comrie set career highs for goals in a season (33), points in a season (60) and games played in a season (82) during the 2001-02 season. Comrie was selected out of Michigan in the third round of the 1999 draft.
Copyright 2003 by The Associated Press
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