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Wings Acquire Goaltender Eric Comrie

GLENDALE, ARIZONA - Arizona Coyotes President of Hockey Operations and General Manager John Chayka announced today that the Coyotes have acquired defenseman Vili Saarijarvi from the Detroit Red Wings in exchange for goaltender Eric Comrie.

Comrie was claimed off waivers from the Winnipeg Jets on October 1st and did not make an appearance with the Coyotes.

added 12:21pm,

 

 

added 3:22pm, DETROIT - The Detroit Red Wings today assigned defenseman Jonathan Ericsson to the American Hockey League's Grand Rapids Griffins.

added 12:40pm, Detroit press release is below.

DETROIT –The Detroit Red Wings today acquired goaltender Eric Comrie from the Arizona Coyotes in exchange for defenseman Vili Saarijarvi.

Comrie, 24, was claimed off waivers by Arizona from the Winnipeg Jets on Oct. 1 but has not seen NHL action this season, appearing in four games with the American Hockey League’s Tucson Roadrunners on a conditioning stint. Comrie won all four of his starts with the Roadrunners, posting a 2.75 goals-against average and 0.900 save percentage. The 6-foot-1, 175-pound netminder made five NHL appearances with Winnipeg over the last three seasons (2016-19), posting a 2-3-0 record, 4.21 goals-against average and 0.870 save percentage. A fifth-year pro, Comrie has played in 187 AHL games with the St. John’s IceCaps, Manitoba Moose and Roadrunners since 2013-14, collecting an 81-83-20 record, 2.88 goals-against average, 0.910 save percentage and eight shutouts.

Comrie was originally drafted by the Jets in the second round (59th overall) of the 2013 NHL Entry Draft. Prior to turning professional, he spent four seasons with the Tri-City Americans of the Western Hockey League, logging 158 games played, an 85-64-15 record, 2.67 goals-against average, 0.916 save percentage and 10 shutouts. Comrie was twice named a WHL Second-Team All-Star and led the circuit in save percentage in 2013-14 (0.925), in which he played a career-high 60 games. An Edmonton, Alberta, native, Comrie has won two gold medals on the international stage with Canada, logging a 1.50 goals-against average and 0.933 save percentage in two games at the 2015 IIHF World Junior Championship and a 2.00 goals-against average and 0.913 save percentage in one appearance at the 2012 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament. Comrie is also the half-brother of former University of Michigan standout (1998-00) and 10-year NHL veteran (2000-11) Mike Comrie.

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Don’t know anything about him, but his GAA is going to be tested

Posted by stateofmifan on 11/30/19 at 12:42 PM ET

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Comrie is not waiver exempt, so it looks like he will be with the Wings for now.

Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 11/30/19 at 12:53 PM ET

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An Edmonton, Alberta, native, Comrie has won two gold medals on the international stage with Canada, logging a 1.50 goals-against average and 0.933 save percentage in two games at the 2015 IIHF World Junior Championship and a 2.00 goals-against average and 0.913 save percentage in one appearance at the 2012 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament.

Stevie been talking to Tom Renney?  Or is Stevie still active with Hockey Canada enough to get an opinion on E.Comrie?  Or is he even allowed to do that?

Posted by SYF from impossible and oddly communally possessive sluts on 11/30/19 at 12:54 PM ET

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I guess Howard’s injury is worse than reported.

Posted by George0211 on 11/30/19 at 02:13 PM ET

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Cannot say I like.that Yzerman keeps.trading away defensemen

Posted by damndog revenge From the bowels of Detroit on 11/30/19 at 02:13 PM ET

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from Ted Kulfan of the Detroit News,

The Red Wings may have acquired their goaltender of the future.

The Wings acquired goaltender Eric Comrie Saturday from Arizona in exchange for defenseman Vili Saarijarvi.

Comrie, 24, was claimed off waivers by Arizona from Winnipeg on October 1. He has yet to see NHL playing time this season, but in four games with Tucson (AHL), Comrie (6-foot-1, 175 pounds) won all four games with a 2.75 goals-against average and .900 save percentage.

In five career NHL starts with Winnipeg, Comrie is 2-3-0 with a 4.21 goals-against average and .870 save percentage….

With Jimmy Howard not signed beyond next season (and currently injured) and Jonathan Bernier signed only through next season — and no clear-cut option in Grand Rapids yet as Filip Larsson is struggling (2-5-0, .843 SVS) — Comrie has an opportunity to crack the NHL soon.

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Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 11/30/19 at 02:14 PM ET

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Sounds like Howard is going to be out a while.

A total of three healthy goalies between GR and Detroit.

And not the most auspicious debut by Pickard.

Another move using a depth prospect who likely wasn’t
going to break through this season or necessarily be in the system next season
(RFA toward the bottom of the depth chart inGR) in order try and plug a hole
and give a still youngish player a look at the NHL level.

Posted by lefty.30 on 11/30/19 at 02:21 PM ET

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I suppose there’s some chance Regula could become an NHL regular
or Saarijarvi could get a prime role in Tucson and be back in an NHL team’s plans.

But these tinkering moves by Stevie Y are interesting not only in themselves,
because he’s showing both how suspect he thinks the team depth is in a few areas,
and he’s trying to create some competition and take a look at guys who are still under 25 but have gotten squeezed out of better rosters.
And he’s beginning to show which Wings prospects they decided were no longer in Detroit’s plans.

Posted by lefty.30 on 11/30/19 at 02:27 PM ET

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Ericsson assigned to GRG.

Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 11/30/19 at 03:23 PM ET

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There’s a zero percent chance that all of the prospects Detroit has will pan out. Trading someone who has been around a while and isn’t even in the conversation regarding top prospects doesn’t mean the prospect pool is shallow or suspect, it just means that Yzerman knows there isn’t ever going to be room for everyone. And what’s wrong with trading something who isn’t in the long term plans in order to get someone who can fill a need right now?

Posted by CharDeeMacDennis on 11/30/19 at 03:41 PM ET

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Ericsson assigned to GRG.

Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 11/30/19 at 03:23 PM ET

I cannot believe I am saying this but I rather keep Ericsson up and send down Bowel. I mean Bowey

Posted by damndog revenge From the bowels of Detroit on 11/30/19 at 04:35 PM ET

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I cannot believe I am saying this but I rather keep Ericsson up and send down Bowel. I mean Bowey

Posted by damndog revenge From the bowels of Detroit on 11/30/19 at 04:35 PM ET

I agree with you. Bowey has looked pretty bad compared to Ericsson and that’s no easy feat. wink

Lets Go Red Wings!!!!!

Posted by Kate from PA now in SC-made in Detroit on 11/30/19 at 06:18 PM ET

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