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Mike Comrie saga continues
The latest news in the Mike Comrie saga is the most intriguing to date. It has been reported that Kevin Lowe and the Oilers reached a deal with the Anaheim Mighty Ducks, but Lowe then came back and asked Comrie to personally pay the Oilers around $2.5 million to "top-off" the deal. I don't know if Lowe is kidding or trying something novel, but imo this sounds ridiculous. If Lowe doesn't feel that the trade with Anaheim is adequate enough (and that Comrie must make up the difference), then don't do it. No one is forcing Edmonton to trade Comrie (except for their record). This saga also brings about yet another one of my pet peeves...why is it that no NHL team has looked at signing Comrie as a restricted free-agent. Sure there will be draft picks going to Edmonton, but come on, I can't believe that none of the 29 other NHL teams would mind getting a seasoned first/second line NHL player for a few future prospects.
I haven't checked out the details about any money that might have changed hands, but Kevin Lowe seems has decided to send Comrie to the Philadelphia Flyers. The deal works out as - Mike Comrie to the Flyers for Jeff Woywitka, a 2004 first round draft pick and a third round pick in 2005 going to the Oilers.