When the Vegas Golden Knights acquired Aidan Hill via trade late last month, it raised some questions as to why goaltender Lauren Brossoit could start the season after surgery.
Head coach Bruce Cassidy’s comments today added to that uncertainty. While Broseit said he was recovering well from surgery, Cassidy wasn’t sure if Broseit would return to the season for weeks or instead near the end of the calendar year. However, Broseit reaffirmed that he is aiming to be a healthy member of the Golden Knights this season.
Brosoit, like most of the Golden Knights, had a rough 2021-22 campaign, but will need to re-energize in Vegas in his second season without Robin Lehner. Broseit has some pressure with the acquisition of Hill, but it’s still Vegas’ most experienced trio of current NHL goaltenders.
In the meantime, Vegas is hoping Thompson’s strong finish to the 2021-22 season, miraculously getting them back into the game despite an anemic offensive game, will make it through training camp early this season. They’ll also be hoping for a strong start from Hill before being sidelined by injury.
Broseit is entering the second phase of a two-year contract worth $2.325MM per season. Last year, he finished 10-9-3 in 24 games, the second time in his career that he had more than 20 starts in a season. He struggled statistically with an .895 save percentage and a 2.90 goals-against average, both worse than his career averages.