Comrie returns to hometown Oilers

Free-agent forward Mike Comrie agreed Thursday to a one-year contract with the Edmonton Oilers, for whom he played his first three NHL seasons.

Mike Comrie is coming home.

Comrie, a 28-year-old Edmonton native, agreed Thursday to a one-year contract with the Edmonton Oilers, for whom he played three seasons.

Financial terms were not disclosed.

"This was one that just kind of felt right," Comrie said. "It is a time of my life that I'm excited about.

"I got chills walking back into this rink. It's been awhile since I had a feeling like that."

Comrie posted 63 goals and 133 points in 192 games with Edmonton, which drafted the forward in the third round (91st overall) in 1999.

But a contract dispute prompted the Oilers to trade him to the Philadelphia Flyers for Jeff Woywitka, a first-round draft pick and a third-rounder on Dec 16, 2003.

After that, he bounced from the Flyers to the Phoenix Coyotes, New York Islanders and Ottawa Senators.

"I realize that the last six years was not easy on me," Comrie said. "It wasn't, obviously. 

"I wasn't a fan favourite for the reason, for leaving Edmonton. But having this chance to work hard and to try to, you know, help this team — all I can ask for is a chance."

"I'm a little older, more mature and, more importantly, you know, ready to accept it," he said. "It was a little overwhelming and I don't think I embraced it as well as I could have.

"It is a lot to handle … I felt like I needed to get away. And now, you know, I'm here six years later and I'm extremely excited about being an Oiler again and playing in my hometown — one that I grew up with great memories."

Comrie split last season between the Islanders and Senators, finishing with 10 goals and 27 points in 63 games.

He missed 17 games following hip surgery.

Comrie has compiled 154 goals and 338 points in 525 games over eight NHL seasons.

With files from The Canadian Press