Winners and losers in the Comrie deal

Mike Comrie has gone frrom a middle-of-the-pack Western Conference team to a Stanley Cup contender in the East.

Updated: December 17, 2003, 4:01 PM ET
By By Jim Wilkie | NHL Insider
As with most trades, Philadelphia's acquisition of Mike Comrie can be judged better in the next few years. But because of the strange circumstances leading up to the deal, let's take a look at the winners and losers of this trade.

Mike Comrie
Mike Comrie will bring plenty of skill to Philadelphia.
Philadelphia Flyers -- By dealing defense prospect Jeff Woywitka, a 2004 first-round draft pick and a 2005 third-round draft pick to Edmonton, the Flyers (17-4-8-2) have gained a crafty 5-9, 185-pound centerman without disrupting their lineup.

Once Philadelphia signs Comrie and he gets back in game shape, he should provide some needed offensive support on the second line and on the power play behind Philadelphia's top line of Jeremy Roenick, Tony Amonte and Mark Recchi. After a strong start, the Flyers power play has gone 4-for-30 in December and fallen to 21st with a 14.3 success rate.