Top 5 low-cost goaltenders the Blackhawks can sign in NHL free agency

The Chicago Blackhawks could add a goaltender to the organization in 2024-25, and there are a few serviceable names in the free agent market.
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Eric Comrie has seen success in the past

Another former Winnipeg Jet, Eric Comrie’s best days came when he was star goaltender Connor Hellebyuck’s backup in 2021-22, posting a 2.58 GAA and a 0.920 save percentage, one shutout, and a 0.625 quality starts percentage. 

He hasn’t been the same player during his time with the Buffalo Sabres, where he’s spent two seasons as a backup goaltender. To be more accurate, Comrie’s stint in Buffalo has been forgettable, with a 10-16-1 record, a 3.74 GAA, and an 0.880 save percentage. He’s also logged 10 quality starts and just as many ‘really bad starts,’ so you may ask why he’s included here. 

The primary reason is this: Comrie has spent two seasons on what has been predominantly the NHL’s youngest team. He would know what he’s walking into if the Blackhawks signed him in free agency, and he would also understand the situation. 

Plus, there is no way Comrie would get in anyone’s way in Chicago’s prospects pool, so he also makes for outstanding organizational depth. Comrie is a fringe NHL talent, but that’s okay if the Blackhawks add or have anyone in their prospects pool who they plan on calling up to the big club or if they decide to keep Arvid Soderblom at the NHL level.