Laurent Brossoit had a strong first season in Winnipeg as their backup netminder. The team has rewarded him with a nice raise, announcing that they’ve signed him to a one-year, $1.225MM contract. He would have been eligible for restricted free agency with arbitration eligibility.
Brossoit signed with the Jets back in July for the league minimum $650K after a tough year in Edmonton that saw him finish up at the AHL level. However, he made quite an impact to start his time with Winnipeg, posting a 10-0-1 record over his first 11 starts with the team. Overall, he finished up with a 13-6-2 mark with a 2.52 GAA and a .925 SV%, numbers that were quite a bit better than starter Connor Hellebuyck.
Winnipeg is going to be in tough shape this offseason with several prominent players in both restricted free agency (Kyle Connor, Patrik Laine, and Jacob Trouba) as well as unrestricted free agency (Kevin Hayes and Tyler Myers). Getting a quality backup signed for a contract well below what the top backups will get in free agency this summer is a nice start to GM Kevin Cheveldayoff’s offseason.