Comrie on outside looking in

DEREK VAN DIEST, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 9:06 AM ET

Mike Comrie is hopeful the work he's put in this off-season pays off.

The local product and former Edmonton Oiler is healthy heading into the new campaign.

The problem, however, is that he has yet to sign with an NHL team.

"You don't want to rush until you find the right place," said Comrie, who is taking part in Perry Pearn's three-on-three camp at the K of C Arena this week.

"I think you get to a certain age, you want to be in a better position, rather than jumping at the first or second opportunity that comes your way.

"I want to be in a spot that best suits me and gives me a chance to win and play some important minutes."

After being traded from the New York Islanders to the Ottawa Senators last February, the 28-year-old centre suffered through an injury-plagued season.

He finished with just 10 goals in 63 games with the Isles and Sens.

The previous season he had 21 goals in 76 games with New York.

"I know I need to have a good year," he said. "Coming off a year where you are hurt, you want to be in a good spot to play.

"I've had some good years and now after coming off an injury, you just have to re-dedicate yourself and realize what's at stake."

Unfortunately for Comrie, he could inadvertently be the victim of the Dany Heatley situation with the Senators.

Until the situation is resolved with either Heatley being traded or returning to Ottawa, the Senators' hands are tied when it comes to making other player personnel moves.

"There are a few guys that are possibly affected by it," he said.

"Every person hopes it gets resolved as quickly as possible for both sides. But it's not an easy thing, so it'll take some time."


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