5 insurance policy goaltenders the Canadiens can add this offseason

The Montreal Canadiens have a pair of goaltenders who could fuse a solid tandem in 2024-25, but they should still consider signing a No. 3 netminder.
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Eric Comrie would be a stellar addition in Laval

Forget about Eric Comrie’s $1.8 million AAV over the last two seasons; he’s not getting anywhere near that number this time around. Comrie, who looked like he could emerge as a No. 1 goaltender back in 2021-22, spent the previous two seasons proving he’s best-suited as either a backup or for an organization in the Canadiens situation, an insurance policy in the AHL. 

Comrie just completed his second season with the Sabres, and while he presumably finished his career with the Blue and Gold by winning against the Tampa Bay Lightning, he also ended up with an 11-16-1 record across 29 starts. His save percentage sat at just 0.882, with a 3.68 GAA and one shutout. 

But Comrie also saw some time in the AHL when the Sabres called up Devon Levi while they were still somewhat in playoff contention earlier in the year. He started four games in the second-tier league, posting a stellar 0.934 save percentage, a shutout, and a 2.26 GAA, showing he’s more than a decent fixture at the AHL level. 

While Comrie’s numbers with the Sabres weren’t good, he still played well when he lined up in the crease 19 times in 2021-22. He averaged a 0.920 save percentage and a 2.58 GAA, so if injuries struck either Sam Montembeault or Cayden Primeau, there is still a chance Comrie puts up decent numbers with limited starts.