The Winnipeg Jets have announced that they have claimed goaltender Eric Comrie off waivers from the Detroit Red Wings. The Red Wings placed Comrie on waivers just three weeks after acquiring him via trade from the Arizona Coyotes.
Jets Reclaim Eric Comrie Off Waivers
Comrie was placed on waivers by the Winnipeg Jets to start the NHL season as the club decided to go with the tandem of Connor Hellebuyck and Laurent Brossoit. Arizona claimed him and he spent time with their AHL affiliate posting a record of 4-0-0 with a goals-against-average of 2.75 and a save percentage of .900.
Arizona traded Comrie to the Detroit Red Wings on November 30th in exchange for defenceman Vili Saarijarvi. For Detroit, Comrie was basically used as insurance with the injury to Jimmy Howard. With Howard on the mend and ready to return, the Red Wings elected to place Comrie on Waivers.
Comrie made three appearances for the Red Wings including two starts. He posted a record of 0-2-0 with a goals-against-average of 4.28 and a save percentage of .864.
Comrie was originally drafted by the Jets in the second round, 59th overall in the 2013 NHL Entry Draft.
Coming Full Circle in Winnipeg
What a roller coaster few months it has been for Eric Comrie. To go from Winnipeg to Arizona, to Detroit back to Winnipeg in just as few short much is quite the trip. However, it all comes full circle for Comrie and the Jets. The Jets clearly did not want to lose their prospect to waivers, to begin with, and are surely happy to have him return to solidify their depth in the goaltending department. Hellebuyck and Brossoit have been a solid duo for the Jets this season. However, you can never have too much depth.
The Jets are clearly happy with the Comrie’s development and want to keep him in the system to continue to grow with the team. They elected to give him a two-year deal worth $700,000 per year in September. This deal will expire at the end of the 2020-21 season. With Brossoit’s contract expiring at seasons end, Comrie could finally get the call to become the team’s back up next season.
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