Laurent Brossait and the Winnipeg Jets put pen to paper on a new one-year, $1.5 million contract Friday. The deal begins in the 2020-21 season and will see the now third-year Jet fill the role of Connor Hellebuyck’s backup once again.
The 27-year-old has suited up in 40 games for Winnipeg over the past two seasons, going 19-13-3 with a 2.87 goals-against average, a .912 save percentage and one shutout in late December of 2018. After signing as a free agent with the Jets in July of 2018, the former Calgary Flames sixth-round draft pick has signed back-to-back one-year deals the past two offseasons, in order to remain in Winnipeg.
The Port Alberni, BC. native first signed for $650K in 2018, and then doubled up on a $1.225 contract last season. This new deal sees a slight raise, despite a worse performance in 2019-20. Brossoit went 13-6-2 in 2018-19 with a 2.52 goals against average and a spectacular .925 save percentage before putting up a 3.28 goals against average, a .895 save percentage on a 6-7-1 record behind Vezina-winner Hellebuyck last season.
Although performing well in his starts in both the past two seasons, Brossoit also serves in a replacement role upon occasion when Hellebuyck has an occasional poor start. He made 19 appearances in 2019-20, after playing in 21 games the year prior. Winnipeg’s goaltending situation is now taken care of prior to the free agent signing period, as Hellebuyck, Brossoit, Eric Comrie and Mikhail Berdin are each under contract for the 2020-21 calendar year.