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12-21-2003, 08:16 AM
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Months after Bob Clarke ridiculed reports that he had made a pitch for Mike Comrie, the deal was made that added another very good player to the very good Philadelphia roster but did not address the team's singular issue in goal. Comrie's addition, however, makes it likely that the Flyers will use one of their now- excess centers to deal with the problem.

We're told by a source close to the situation that the most likely target will become Nikolai Khabibulin, expendable in Tampa Bay both because of his contract and John Grahame's strong work as backup. And with the Lightning in desperate need of size down the middle, expect Keith Primeau to be the center- piece of a deal for Khabibulin.

Clarke riduculed reports that he would trade Handzus for Comrie, not that he wasn't interested in Comrie.

Tampa needs defense and wingers far more than they need a center. Also they're not trading Khabibulin for Primeau, who will be a UFA when the season ends.

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