With Laurent Brossoit inking a one-year contract over the weekend to remain as Winnipeg’s backup goalie, prospect Eric Comrie could be made available in a trade, suggests Postmedia’s Ken Wiebe. The 23-year-old pending restricted free agent will no longer be waiver-exempt next season and as he’s clearly third on the depth chart, there doesn’t appear to be a spot for him with the Jets either. Comrie had a strong season with AHL Manitoba, posting a 2.69 GAA with a .917 SV% in 47 appearances and could be an intriguing pickup for a team looking for a young number two netminder.
Elsewhere out West:
- Joonas Donskoi’s preference this summer is to re-sign with San Jose over departing in free agency, notes NBC Sports Bay Area’s Chelena Goldman. He had a career year with the Sharks, recording 37 points (14-23-37) in 80 regular season games despite averaging only 13:25 of playing time per night. With that ability to provide secondary scoring, he should garner a fair bit of interest on the open market if he makes it there and with San Jose needing to deal with several more prominent free agents first, it’s unlikely that a new deal for Donskoi will be done for a while.
- Oilers defensemen Andrej Sekera has been a speculative trade candidate as Edmonton looks to free up some cap space for their desired offseason spending. However, in an appearance on 630 CHED (audio link), GM Ken Holland discussed how he sees Sekera as a possible mentor for some of the young defenders that will be looking to earn a full-time roster spot next season which suggests that the odds of him being dealt may not be quite as high. The veteran has missed big chunks of the last two seasons with injuries and with two years left on his contract at a $5.5MM AAV, Sekera’s trade value isn’t the highest at the moment.