Comrie unsure when he will make debut

PHILADELPHIA -- Mike Comrie moved a step closer to getting
back on the ice when he signed a one-year deal Saturday with the
Philadelphia Flyers.

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.