ARIZ claims Comrie
— Elliotte Friedman (@FriedgeHNIC) October 1, 2019
Eric Comrie Claimed by Coyotes
Comrie has played only for the Winnipeg Jets in his three-year NHL career. He has a career record of 2-3-0 in five games. He has a career goals against average of 4.21 and an .870 save percentage. Winnipeg drafted the Edmonton native in the second round, 59th overall of the 2013 NHL Draft.
Last season he lost his only start of the season and had 5.01 goals against average. His save percentage was .821 in that game.
The 24-year-old posted a 25-20-2 record with the AHL’s Manitoba Moose last season, recording a .917 save percentage and a 2.69 goals-against average. He signed a two-year contract worth $700,000 per season during the summer.
He played his junior hockey with the Tri-City Americans of the WHL and was named second team All-Star in the West Division in 2013-14.
What This Means for the Future
The Jets were hoping that Comire would have cleared waivers so he could start the season with the Manitoba Moose. Winnipeg’s goaltending duo of Connor Hellebuyck and Laurent Brossoit was set. Comrie wasn’t able to claim the backup job and was placed on waivers by Winnipeg.
Comire gets a chance to stay in the NHL with the Coyotes. It looks like the injury to Antti Raanta may be a little more serious than indicated. The Finn has been out with a lower-body injury the last week. Arizona called up Ivan Prosvetov on Thursday to backup Darcy Kuemper. Raanta has struggled to stay healthy with injury issues the last couple of seasons.
The young goalie has been solid in the AHL, but struggled in the NHL in a small sample size. Comire is looking to prove himself to at least be a capable NHL backup and will have that chance with Raanta out.
Former Winnipeg Jets and now Arizona Coyotes goalie Eric Comrie. (Getty Images)