Comrie might have made it either way

TERRY JONES -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 9:16 AM ET

ANAHEIM -- Funny the way the world works. Especially the hockey world.

Mike Comrie is in this Stanley Cup as an Ottawa Senator. But he could have been here as an Anaheim Duck.

Briefly, back during his messy business with the Edmonton Oilers, Comrie was traded to the Ducks for Corey Perry only to have then Duck GM, now Senator coach, Bryan Murray say Oilers GM Kevin Lowe reneged on the trade.

Not long later Bill Comrie, the Brick Warehouse founder, left Edmonton and moved to Newport Beach, about a half hour straight down Harbor from Disneyland. And Mike's dad became an Anaheim Duck season-ticket holder.

"Damn good thing, too," said Mike.

"I needed about 20 tickets. You only get two as a player. I rounded up 10 from other members of the team and my dad ended up getting the others because he's a season-ticket holder."

Comrie remembers the trade for Perry.

"I haven't forgotten that whole fiasco," said Comrie.

Murray claimed Lowe killed a done deal by deciding to tag on an unprecedented clause that Comrie return $2.535 million US of the nearly $8 million he'd received for the previous two and a half seasons in Edmonton.

Perry, the former London Knight, remembers it well, too. He was in Kitchener, Ont. trying to earn a spot on Team Canada for the World Junior that December.

"There wasn't any talk about how well I was doing at camp, or how poorly.

It was all about being traded to Edmonton for Mike Comrie. That was all people were talking about."

Around here, the way Perry's played and with what his future holds, it's ranked as maybe the greatest trade Anaheim never made.

"I'm sure Brian Burke, today, would say he's glad it didn't happen," Murray said of his successor in Anaheim.

Think what Perry would look like in an Oilers uniform right now?

The Oilers received Jeff Woywitka, a first-round pick (Robbie Schremp) and second-round pick (Danny Syvret) for Comrie from Philadelphia.

Comrie said one of the best things about being traded to Ottawa - his fourth NHL team at the ripe old age of 26 - was the coach.

"It was a good feeling to know my coach was the same guy who was the GM who tried to get me in a trade in Anaheim.

Different Mike Comrie, though.

Who would have ever guessed he'd turn into a checking forward?

"At the time, in Anaheim, we weren't having a very good year," said Murray. We were looking for some immediate offence.

"We thought Mike could come in and give us that

This year, in Ottawa, it was a different deal.

"We had a lot of injuries. John Muckler made the acquisition.

"We plugged him into the right side. The first couple of days I didn't like him very much because he hadn't played there. I didn't think he competed enough without the puck.

"One conversation turned this guy into somebody who understood what he had to do. He's become a very, very important player on this hockey team.

"He's made a nice adjustment. He has the puck a lot. He's a threat now offensively. But the biggest thing that's happened to Mike is that he's become a real solid two-way candidate.

"He became more than we first felt we were getting here. He's surprised me the way he's taking to playing the right side and taking pucks off the wall and taking a hit once in a while to make a play."

And the surprise of all surprises is Edmonton might be cheering for Mike Comrie in this Stanley Cup. At least Comrie thinks so.

Asked who he figured Edmonton would cheer for, Team Comrie or Team Pronger, he laughed and said probably Team Comrie, suggesting Edmonton fans probably now hate Pronger more and more recently.

"I'm on the Canadian team and time heals most things," said the Edmonton native.

On the other hand, being reminded that Corey Perry could have been an Oiler ...


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