Eric Comrie's time arrived after a long season

Eric Comrie provided a stellar performance in what may have his Sabres' swan song.
Buffalo Sabres v Tampa Bay Lightning
Buffalo Sabres v Tampa Bay Lightning / Mike Ehrmann/GettyImages
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Eric Comrie had a moment to remember in the final game for the Buffalo Sabres in the 2023/2024 season. The goaltender started the final game of the season against the playoff-bound Tampa Bay Lightning. He led the Sabres to a victory away from home stopping 31 shots during the game as the Sabres closed out the season winning 4-2.

Comrie has had an up-and-down season after being called up and sent back down to the Rochester Americans throughout the year. Before the other night, he had posted a 1-7-0 record with a 3.91 GAA and a .864 save percentage. In the victory against Tampa Bay, his save percentage was at .939 as he was a huge part in the win. 

It was his first game with the Sabres since March 7th and his first win since October 21st against the New York Islanders. In the win against the Islanders, he stopped 24 shots and had a save percentage of .960 in a 3-1 victory. 

Former Sabres head coach Don Granato commented that the team was excited for Comrie to get the opportunity to start and it was evident both during and after the game. Alex Tuch commented that during the game, it was important for them to play hard for both Comrie and themselves. Following the victory, the team presented Comrie with the sword given to the player of the game in the dressing room. 

He is an unrestricted free agent entering this offseason. When it comes to a starting goaltender, Ukko-Pekka Luukkonen has proven he should be the guy and if they do sign UPL to a new contract, it should be an interesting question if the Sabres choose to resign Comrie to round out the goaltending room with Luukkonen, Comrie and Devon Levi.

Monday night was a strong step for Eric to be signed by either Buffalo or another team next season.  If it was his last game as a Buffalo Sabre, the organization owes him a debt of gratitude for his professionalism and work ethic. 

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