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Re-Claimed: Jets Pick Up Comrie Off Waivers

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Re-Claimed: Jets Pick Up Comrie Off Waivers

It has been a tumultuously challenging 2019-20 campaign for Eric Comrie, to say the least.

After rightfully negotiating and proudly signing a two-year deal this past offseason that rewarded Comrie by featuring a one-way structure on his second year, the three months following that contract signing have featured a rollercoaster of flights, new teammate introductions, re-assignments, Waiver claims, trades and press box seats.

The 24-year-old Edmonton-born netminder was placed on Waivers for the purpose of being sent to the AHL in late September. GM John Chayka and the Arizona Coyotes jumped at the opportunity to add the former second round draft pick to their roster and claimed the five-year pro.

Despite owning two solid reminders in Antti Raanta and Darcy Kuemper, Arizona kept Comrie around, waiting in the wings… err, press box. Although property of the Coyotes for exactly two months, Comrie did not get a start in goal. He finally was sent down to the AHL’s Tucson Roadrunners, where he posted a 2.75 goals against average and .900 save percentage winning all four of his games.

With regular netminder Jimmy Howard banged up with a soft-tissue injury, the Detroit Red Wings came calling shortly after. The Coyotes sent Comrie to Hockeytown for a defensive prospect Vili Saarijarvi on November 30, where he filled the backup role to Jonathan Bernier between the pipes.

Comrie returned to Winnipeg with the Red Wings on December 10, where he was given his first start, to go along with a first period video tribute on the jumbotron in recognition of his time within the Jets’ organization.

“It was a lot of fun seeing that,” Comrie reflected after the game. “Just how welcoming they were and how much the guys were giving me a lot of stick taps and all that stuff. It was awesome.”

Then, following just two starts (both losses) and one relief fill in, the 6-foot-1, 180-pound goaltender was placed back on Waivers by Detroit, prompting the suggestion that Winnipeg could re-acquire his services for no charge.

The Jets did just that, taking the bait while bringing the 187-game AHL veteran back to the club. With starter Connor Hellebuyck and backup Laurent Brossoit both in fine health, Comrie may find himself in the press box once again, or be exposed to Waivers once again before being sent down to provide some depth with Mikhail Berdin and the Moose.

Carter Brooks - Associate Editor of Game On Magazine - is a news writer and sports columnist situated in Winnipeg, MB. On top of reading and writing, his favourite pastimes include camping, car-modification projects and coaching hockey. Carter can be reached at carterbrooks1994@gmail.com.

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