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Cap Crunch Makes Laurent Brossoit’s Future A Bit Uncertain

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Welcome back to Vegas Hockey Now’s season in review series where we look at every player on the Vegas Golden Knights and their 2021-22 season from Michael Amadio to Zach Whitecloud.

You can catch up on the series here: Michael AmadioReilly SmithJonas RondbjergKeegan KolesarRobin LehnerAlex Pietrangelo, Nolan Patrick, Shea Theodore, Jake Leschyshyn, Mark Stone, and Max Pacioretty

Today’s player is Laurent Brossoit.

LAURENT BROSSOIT

Laurent Brossoit Vegas Golden Knights official 2021-22 headshot

Stats: 24 GP, 10-9-3 record, 2.90 GAA, .895 sv%
Contract: One year left at $2.325 million.
Games Missed: 58
Status: Injured (Undisclosed)
VHN’s Grade: C-

Overall Thoughts

Laurent Brossoit was brought in to be the Vegas Golden Knight’s backup goaltender after general manager Kelly McCrimmon traded away Marc-Andre Fleury in the summer of 2021. But in 2021-22 injuries caused the Golden Knights tandem of Brossoit and Robin Lehner to get shuffled up frequently.

It seemed as soon as one goaltender was healthy, the other would get injured. The Golden Knights finished the season without both Lehner and Brossoit and instead had to rely on Logan Thompson and Jiri Patera from the Henderson Silver Knights.

Overall, Brossoit was decent in the games that he was in for the Golden Knights. In the second half of the season, he struggled and injuries damaged his season greatly. Brossoit is currently recovering what former head coach Peter DeBoer called a “medical procedure” this offseason.

Brossoit finished off his first season with the Golden Knights in rough fashion as he got yanked in his reunion game with the Winnipeg Jets. After that game, he missed the remainder of the season with an injury. With the emergence of Logan Thompson and the Golden Knights up against the cap, Brossoit could be moved by McCrimmon this offseason.

Highlights

Brossoit did a great job of keeping the Golden Knights in tight games, giving his team an opportunity to win. But his overall numbers really don’t show that as his record sits near .500 and his save percentage below .900%.

Against the Edmonton Oilers on February 8th, Brossoit had a shutout up against Connor McDavid and Leon Draisiatl in one of the more complete defensive games the Golden Knights had all season.

What’s Next?

Cap space and Logan Thompson are really the two major factors surrounding Laurent Brossoit’s future with the Vegas Golden Knights. If Kelly McCrimmon comes to the decision that Thompson is ready to be a stable NHL goaltender, he can trade Brossoit and his over $2 million cap hit for some extra room.

However, if there is one thing that this year’s Stanley Cup Playoffs have taught us it is that you need to have a good 2-3 maybe even 4 NHL ready goalies in your organization to succeed. Just look at the Nashville Predators, Pittsburgh Penguins, or Carolina Hurricanes who all walked into the playoffs without their no. 1 goaltender healthy.

Not every team can be the Tampa Bay Lightning and solely rely on Andrei Vasileviskiy.

Brossoit’s status with the Golden Knights can really only go two ways. Either he stays with the team or he is moved out. This will be dependent on his injury status, cap space, and McCrimmon’s confidence in Thompson’s play. Personally, I don’t see Brossoit coming back next season for the Golden Knights.

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Owen Krepps covers the Vegas Golden Knights for Vegas Hockey Now and writes for the Boulder City Review-Journal. A 2022 Robert Morris University graduate, he has previously written for RMU Sentry Media, Colonial Sports Network, The Titusville Herald, Pittsburgh Sports Now, and Pittsburgh Hockey Now.

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Will Riley

Sooo… Our “hockey expert” geriatric Kelly McIdiot traded away the Vezina winner because of salary cap issues – then signed a BACKUP for roughly $2,250,000. Instead of going with Logan Thompson as the backup the AHL GOALIE OF THE YEAR who btw was getting the NHL minimum salary. Only to end up trading away who he signed and going with LT as he should have done in the first place. When McIdiot is fired I will apply for his job.

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