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Arizona Coyotes G Eric Comrie re-joins team after AHL stint

SUNRISE, FL - DECEMBER 7: A detailed view of the helmet of goaltender Eric Comrie #1 of the Winnipeg Jets as he looks up ice during first period action against the Florida Panthers at the BB&T Center on December 7, 2017 in Sunrise, Florida. Thew Panthers defeated the Jets 6-4. (Photo by Joel Auerbach/Getty Images)

The Arizona Coyotes announced Saturday that the conditioning assignment of goaltender Eric Comrie has come to a conclusion and he has re-joined the NHL club.

For the past two weeks, Comrie has been with the AHL Tucson Roadrunners on a conditioning loan.

Conditioning loans, according to the NHL’s collective bargaining agreement (CBA), are a way for teams to send players to the minor leagues without necessarily meeting other requirements that would normally be required for a minor league assignment, namely, having to clear waivers.

The catch, though, is that it can only be used in a situation where a player needs playing time to get back to NHL readiness, and the assignment is temporary, lasting no longer than 14 days. Additionally, the player has to agree to such an assignment.

That 14-day period expired for Comrie, so he’s back in the NHL.

Comrie, 24, was with the Coyotes all season before his conditioning assignment, though he hadn’t played in a game for the NHL club and was scratched most nights. Arizona’s tandem of Darcy Kuemper and Antti Raanta has taken all of the playing time.

Arizona acquired Comrie just before the start of the regular season, claiming him off of waivers from the Winnipeg Jets. It was in Winnipeg that he played five NHL games over three seasons.

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