FHL: The Newest Senator
So in comes Mike Comrie, a 30-goal, 60-point performer last season, an experienced power-play performer and a pending free agent after the season -- hence the reason for his availability. He was acquired from the Phoenix Coyotes last Wednesday in exchange for Alexei Kaigorodov, a top prospect who refused to report to the team's AHL affiliate. Comrie helps fill the void in Spezza's absence, but, more important, even after Spezza's return he should help deepen the offense, which thinned out a bit after Martin Havlat departed during the offseason.
The Senators have Comrie skating on the second line with Chris Neil and Peter Schaefer for now, which isn't going to change his scoring numbers much, but it's his standing on the first power-play unit with Spezza sidelined that should make him appealing in the short term. Comrie notched two power-play assists in his Ottawa debut, and if he can keep up that kind of pace, he could be a 15-goal, 35-point performer the rest of the year.
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