Comrie, a 23-year-old Edmonton native, was selected by the
Oilers in the third round of the 1999 draft and spent three
seasons with the club. In 192 games with the Oilers, he
collected 61 goals and 72 assists.
The talented center was a restricted free agent and held out in
a contract dispute at the start of this season. The Oilers
traded him to the Philadelphia Flyers on December 16 for
defenseman Jeff Woywitka, a first-round pick in the 2004 draft
and a third-round pick in the 2005 draft.
Comrie's stay in Philadelphia lasted just 21 games. He scored
four goals and had five assists before getting sent to Phoenix
on February 9 for goaltender Sean Burke, right wing Branko
Radivojevic and the rights to left wing Ben Eager. He faced the
Oilers on January 10, when Edmonton posted a 3-0 win in
Since joining the Coyotes, Comrie has one goal and seven assists
in 11 games. He has been held without a point in his last
three games and the Coyotes are 2-7-1-1 with him in the lineup.
While Edmonton fans may boo Comrie each time he touches the
puck, the Oilers will be concentrating on getting the win.
They are in 10th place in the Western Conference, eight points
from the eighth and final playoff spot.
The Oilers come off a 1-1-0-1 road trip, but are unbeaten in
their last five home games (4-0-1).