Brushes on – Winnipeg Free Press
Laurent Brossoit is the busiest he’s ever been in the NHL.
But you won’t hear any grumbling from the veteran goaltender, who is finally getting what he wants most – a heavier workload – from his current employer, the Vegas Golden Knights.
And now his missions could really start to pile up.
Head coach Peter DeBoer was Robin Lehner – with 38 starts – but the No. 1 guard returned to Vegas after suffering a lower-body injury in Philadelphia and was seen using crutches early on of last week. Rookie goaltender Logan Thompson was between the posts Sunday in a 6-4 road loss to the Columbus Blue Jackets.
Vegas ends a disastrous 0-4 road trip Tuesday in downtown Winnipeg against the Jets in a key Western Conference game. Brossoit is expected to face his former teammates at the Canada Life Centre.
“(DeBoer) didn’t say anything directly but I’ll make my assumption,” Brossoit said, in a phone conversation with the Free press Monday afternoon. “This is the opportunity I’ve been waiting for my whole career.”
There was no update on Lehner’s condition on Monday, however Brossoit’s comments likely suggest he’s going to be counted on to help lift the Golden Knights out of their current funk.
“You get close enough to your goalkeeping partner. It’s one of those weird things in the goalkeeping world, you’re only two and sometimes the only way to get an opportunity is if the other guy gets injured,” Brossoit said. . “In a perfect world, that’s not how you get your opportunity and it’s through other means, but in this case, I have the opportunity to show up and get into a rhythm and playing every game is when I’m at my best.
“It’s definitely going to be a fun few months for me.”
I have the opportunity to show up and get into a rhythm and play every game, that’s when I’m at my best. It’s definitely going to be a fun few months for me. – Laurent Brossoit
Some key contributors are nursing injuries, including Lehner, forwards Mark Stone, Reilly Smith and Max Pacioretty and defensemen Alex Martinez and Brayden McNabb, and Vegas is by no means an infallible playoff team. The Golden Knights led the Pacific Division with a 22-12-0 record on New Years Day, but have since gone 10-13-4 since then and trail the Calgary Flames by 11 points. .
They also trail the Los Angeles Kings and Edmonton Oilers in the division and cling to a one-point lead over the Dallas Stars for the last wildcard spot in the conference.
Brossoit, who turns 29 in a week, said he’s spent the past seven seasons preparing for this moment.
“We have a less experienced formation at the moment, so it puts pressure on me. But it’s the pressure that I’ve wanted all my career, where you are put in a position that is relied on,” he said. he declares.