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Flyers acquire rights to Comrie

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Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) - The Philadelphia acquired the rights to restricted free agent Mike Comrie from Edmonton on Tuesday in exchange for defenseman , a first round pick in the 2004 NHL Entry Draft and a third round pick in the 2005 draft. The 23-year-old Comrie, who hasn't played this season, posted 20 goals and 31 assists in 69 games for the in 2002-03.

In 192 career NHL games over three seasons with Edmonton, he has recorded 61 goals and 72 assists, including career highs for goals in a season (33), points in a season (60) and games played in a season (82) during 2001-02.

"We believe that this really strengthens our club down the middle," general manager Bob Clarke said. "It gives us a very creative and quick center man, and these types of players make the players around them better.

Comrie, whose rights are now owned by the , remains unsigned.

"We're going to work hard to get him signed and get him into our lineup," Clark said.

The 20-year-old Woywitka posted six assists and 51 penalty minutes in 29 games this season for the Philadelphia Phantoms of the American Hockey League. He was originally drafted by the in the first round (27th overall) of the 2001 NHL Entry Draft.

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