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10-07-2003, 07:39 PM
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New Comrie Article

For all of you that wanted him to say it, here it is:

http://www.sportsnet.ca/hockey/artic...07_225610_1196

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For all of you that wanted him to say it, here it is:

http://www.sportsnet.ca/hockey/artic...07_225610_1196
I'm assuming Comrie is talking about returning to the Oil when he says this:

"My goal is to do whatever I can to be here this year, and we'll go from there.
We have said it is going to remain confidential, the two sides are talking."


If so, this is the first time I have heard him mention anything about returning to play for the Oilers.

"here" could mean the NHL though.

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I thought some of this was interesting...

While the centre's presence in town is progress, the 23-year-old revealed few details concerning his future with the club.

"I came back and hopefully we can figure something out, but it is part of the agreement between the Oilers and myself that we would try to keep everything confidential at this time."

Comrie, who registered 20 goals and 31 assists in 69 games with Edmonton last season, will not skate with his teammates until a resolution can be reached. However, his presence in town is a step in the right direction.

"I'm back, and I will probably be skating at the University of Alberta, so hopefully in the near future I will be back playing in the NHL."

When asked whether or not the future includes a role with the Oilers, Comrie again stressed the confidentiality of the situation.

<b>"My goal is to do whatever I can to be here this year, and we'll go from there. We have said it is going to remain confidential, the two sides are talking."</b>

Comrie's agent, Rich Winter, believes a resolution will come quicker with his client in town. If a deal cannot be reached, the Oilers have not ruled out a trade.




That sounds fairly promising. I would far prefer to have Comrie here the traded away. Honestly no matter what everone says, the kid is absolute money on the ice...

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I'm assuming Comrie is talking about returning to the Oil when he says this:

"My goal is to do whatever I can to be here this year, and we'll go from there.
We have said it is going to remain confidential, the two sides are talking."


If so, this is the first time I have heard him mention anything about returning to play for the Oilers.

"here" could mean the NHL though.


LOL COPYCAT!!!! Sorry , I didn't see that you had posted that.

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I'm assuming Comrie is talking about returning to the Oil when he says this:

"My goal is to do whatever I can to be here this year, and we'll go from there.
We have said it is going to remain confidential, the two sides are talking."


If so, this is the first time I have heard him mention anything about returning to play for the Oilers.

"here" could mean the NHL though.
I doubt "here" could mean anything but Edmonton. After all, he was referring to the fact that he just flew back.

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I doubt "here" could mean anything but Edmonton. After all, he was referring to the fact that he just flew back.
And yet, just before that he says:

"I'm back, and I will probably be skating at the University of Alberta, so hopefully in the near future I will be back playing in the NHL."

If his true hope was to sign a new contract with the Oilers, why did he say NHL?

The thing that's funny is all this shroud of secrecy. This is like something out of the Manhattan Project.

The one thing I took out of this piece was that it looks like a resolution (signing or trade) will be happening rather soon.

Does anyone else see parallels to the time when Bure left Vancouver?

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And yet, just before that he says:

"I'm back, and I will probably be skating at the University of Alberta, so hopefully in the near future I will be back playing in the NHL."

If his true hope was to sign a new contract with the Oilers, why did he say NHL?

The thing that's funny is all this shroud of secrecy. This is like something out of the Manhattan Project.

The one thing I took out of this piece was that it looks like a resolution (signing or trade) will be happening rather soon.

Does anyone else see parallels to the time when Bure left Vancouver?
Dare I say Friday soon? The plot thickens *queue dramatic music*

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10-07-2003, 08:09 PM
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And yet, just before that he says:

"I'm back, and I will probably be skating at the University of Alberta, so hopefully in the near future I will be back playing in the NHL."

If his true hope was to sign a new contract with the Oilers, why did he say NHL?

The thing that's funny is all this shroud of secrecy. This is like something out of the Manhattan Project.

The one thing I took out of this piece was that it looks like a resolution (signing or trade) will be happening rather soon.

Does anyone else see parallels to the time when Bure left Vancouver?

It's still implied, and he did use the term "we" meaning him and the Oilers. One thing about him not saying Oilers, what that might be is, if you say Oilers, you sound like you're not part of the organization, if you use words like 'we' and 'here', it sounds more like you're part. If I said "I'm signing with the Edmonton Oilers" does it not sound like I am in fact not part of the team? Just an obsevation.

I like the discreetness, it prevents the vocal mud-slinging between parties and is how negotiations should go. With reference to a resolution, I would look at the bottom of the article. Definately sounds like signing a contract here is the preferred option to me.

I'm also making the connection with Sarno going down, and the unlikelyhood of keeping 8 d-men on the roster. Sounds like the ball is rolling to me.

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10-07-2003, 08:17 PM
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Oh, man. Those quotes are so carefully scripted. I will give Winter a lot of credit on how he coached his client there. It doesn't answer any of the key questions that fans are asking, really. Theses are:

1. Do you want to be an Oiler?
Well he wants to play "here"--assuming that's Edmonton--my cynical side says, "Sure he wants to play in the NHL in Edmonton, but for what team that's on a road trip in Alberta?" For now I will assume "here" means playing for Edmonton and give him the benifit of the doubt I guess.

2. Do you want to be an Oiler?
"I came back and hopefully we can figure something out, but it is part of the agreement between the Oilers and myself that we would try to keep everything confidential at this time."

3. Do you want to be an Oiler?
"I'm back, and I will probably be skating at the University of Alberta, so hopefully in the near future I will be back playing in the NHL."

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10-07-2003, 08:33 PM
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Just a note, saw the interview on TV just now, the quote on sportsnet isn't 100% accurate, just in terms of humms and hawws mostly, but the point seems to me to remain the same. Used 'there' instead of 'here', but in it's context I think it means he wants to be 'there' with his team. But who knows, just my read.

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I'm assuming Comrie is talking about returning to the Oil when he says this:

"My goal is to do whatever I can to be here this year, and we'll go from there.
We have said it is going to remain confidential, the two sides are talking."


If so, this is the first time I have heard him mention anything about returning to play for the Oilers.

"here" could mean the NHL though.
yup i saw him talking on sportsnight. he was talking about wanting to stay in the NHL, not witht he Edmonton Oilers. As much as would like the Oilers to signs him, i just want something done no matter what it is. If they have to trade him then trade him. Not using Comrie at all is a waste of a good quality player.

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10-07-2003, 08:41 PM
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I'm assuming Comrie is talking about returning to the Oil when he says this:

"My goal is to do whatever I can to be here this year, and we'll go from there.
We have said it is going to remain confidential, the two sides are talking."
I have watched this interview on Sportsnet at least 4 times and this quote is incorrect. What Mike Comrie said was ""My goal is to do whatever I can to be THERE this year, and we'll go from there. We have said it is going to remain confidential, the two sides are talking."
My interpretation of "THERE" is that he was refering to the NHL, not Edmonton. With his agreement with Lowe not to say anything in public I believe he is trying to be extra careful. Maybe he should have been a lawyer.

 
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yup i saw him talking on sportsnight. he was talking about wanting to stay in the NHL, not witht he Edmonton Oilers. As much as would like the Oilers to signs him, i just want something done no matter what it is. If they have to trade him then trade him. Not using Comrie at all is a waste of a good quality player.
i would rather we wait and get maximum return over losing him like Satan

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This guy is GONE. He said THERE as in the NHL. Rod Phillips just said on Global Sports that it is obvious that he doesn't want to play here anymore and that the only probable solution is a trade. He's gone in my mind.

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Just finishing watching the Global Sports round table...

Matheson, Phillips, and the sportsnet play by play guy (I noticed they didn't invite John Short back this year )

They talked about the Comrie situation, and none of them seemed very optimistic that he'll be back here. Phillips was especially pessimistic about Comrie wanting to be an Oiler.

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yeah hes gone folks... the sooner we all get used to that fact, and accept it, the better... cause a trade *is* going to happen

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yeah hes gone folks... the sooner we all get used to that fact, and accept it, the better... cause a trade *is* going to happen
Yup, I just hope it gets done soon because I am tired of seeing all these different stories on him. When the Team's Play by Play guy says he is most likely gone then you have to know that he is done as an Oiler. Get this done and over with before it gets real ugly.

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The quicker the deal gets done the better. This team needs some help ...now!

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The quicker the deal gets done the better. This team needs some help ...now!
Matheson did have a good point though, it will be difficult to trade him right now because nobody's lost a game and every team (except maybe Pittsburgh ) feels good about their lineup. It still may take a couple weeks before a deal is done.

That being said, my gut says this thing gets resolved one way or the other within the next 72 hours. My gut knows.

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Matheson did have a good point though, it will be difficult to trade him right now because nobody's lost a game and every team (except maybe Pittsburgh ) feels good about their lineup. It still may take a couple weeks before a deal is done.

That being said, my gut says this thing gets resolved one way or the other within the next 72 hours. My gut knows.
Digger, I sure hope you are right. At least they could tell us that YES he will be traded or NO he won't be traded. But I think it's fair to say that he is done as an Oiler so at least tell us that much.

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My two cents on this....it better be a BIG, GOOD Center in return!

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My two cents on this....it better be a BIG, GOOD Center in return!
One problem with that...if a team has a big, good center that we want, why would they trade him for a small, good center?

If this trade happens, I'm thinking more and more that it's going to be prospect(s) and/or defensive depth coming back in return for Comrie.

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The quicker the deal gets done the better. This team needs some help ...now!
I disagree.. this team won't need any help "now" unless they lose the first few games. It'll be nice to see guys like Chimera and Horcoff get top-two line minutes.. if we struggle out of the gates then yes, Comrie needs to be traded/signed immediately.. if not, why not wait and either force him to sign for less or at least take the best possible deal. Maybe we'll come out big and other teams will struggle thus raising Comrie's value in a trade! Let's wait and see how we do Thursday night before we claim we need big time help right now..

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Digger12[/b]]I'm thinking more and more that it's going to be prospect(s) and/or defensive depth coming back in return for Comrie.
I can agree with the above but I'm prepared to be pleasantly surprised.

Cause:

"Ya gotta know when to hold'em, and know when to fold'em, and know when to walk away."

I'm hoping K-lo is a true gambler. Win the first three games and Mike's trade value goes up but his personal salary demands go down.

He could be putting himself between a rock and a very hardball place. The Oilers aren't going to have the services of him or his replacement in any meaningful way anytime soon, so why not win a few and wait. The heavy hitters usually know enough to lay off of them high fastballs, up and in, but often suck after those sliders low and away.

Of course Comrie could sign with the Oilers prove me wrong and I'd still have a smile on my face. Well I'm off to the salt mines to earn my daily bread and water, but I'll be back game night.

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http://canoe.ca/EdmontonSports/es.es-10-08-0076.html

After reading this (especially the comments by Winter), the evidence just continues to mount...

This is a lot more than a run of the mill contract negotiation.

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