Jets sign goalie Brossoit with $1.2M deal

By | May 25, 2019

The Winnipeg Jets have their backup plan in place — and it’s going to cost them nearly twice as much as it did last season.

Goaltender Laurent Brossoit signed a one-year deal Saturday worth $1.225 million. The 26-year-old was a pending restricted free agent and coming off a terrific first year with the Jets, going 13-6-2 with a 2.52 GAA and .925 SV% in relief of No. 1 netminder Connor Hellebuyck.

He made $650,000 last season.

Brossoit, from Port Alberni, B.C., got off to a blistering start, going 10-0-1 through his first 11 games with a 1.97 GAA and .946 SV% that had him among the league leaders in netminding. But like his team, Brossoit cooled off considerably in the second half. A lower-body injury on Feb. 22 in Vegas essentially spelled the end of his season. He made it back in time for the playoffs but didn’t see any action.

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The Winnipeg Jets have their backup plan in place — and it’s going to cost them nearly twice as much as it did last season.

Goaltender Laurent Brossoit signed a one-year deal Saturday worth $1.225 million. The 26-year-old was a pending restricted free agent and coming off a terrific first year with the Jets, going 13-6-2 with a 2.52 GAA and .925 SV% in relief of No. 1 netminder Connor Hellebuyck.

He made $650,000 last season.

Brossoit, from Port Alberni, B.C., got off to a blistering start, going 10-0-1 through his first 11 games with a 1.97 GAA and .946 SV% that had him among the league leaders in netminding. But like his team, Brossoit cooled off considerably in the second half. A lower-body injury on Feb. 22 in Vegas essentially spelled the end of his season. He made it back in time for the playoffs but didn’t see any action.

That may have actually kept him from a more significant raise. However, the successful overall success got his career back on track. Brossoit had struggled to find a home with the Edmonton Oilers, losing the backup position and ending up in the American Hockey League during the 2017-18 campaign.

He got himself in terrific shape and utilized new techniques under the guise of goalie guru Adam Francilia in B.C., who works with a number of NHL goaltenders including Hellebuyck.

Brossoit is the first of 14 RFAs to ink a new deal with the organization. Other notable names including Patrik Laine, Kyle Connor and Jacob Trouba.

His signing also raises questions about the future of goalie Eric Comrie, who is also an RFA. The 23-year-old has spent the majority of the past four years with the Manitoba Moose and is coming off a strong season in the AHL. However, with young prospect Mikhail Berdin pushing for full-time work, it’s unlikely Comrie would be slotted in for a fifth year in the minors.

Perhaps a change of scenery will be in order this summer. Comrie has struggled at the NHL level so far, going 2-3 with a 4.20 GAA and .870 SV% in five career starts spread over three seasons, including one last year.

Brossoit will speak with the media at 5:30 p.m. today via conference call.

mike.mcintyre@freepress.mb.ca

Twitter: @mikemcintyrewpg

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