3 goaltender options for the NY Islanders if Semyon Varlamov is to miss any time

Jan 2, 2024; Denver, Colorado, USA; New York Islanders goaltender Semyon Varlamov (40) before the
Jan 2, 2024; Denver, Colorado, USA; New York Islanders goaltender Semyon Varlamov (40) before the / Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports
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Eric Comrie, Buffalo Sabres

Eric Comrie was recently waived by the Buffalo Sabres, as there's a goaltender log jame in Western New York between Comrie, Devon Levi, and Ukko-Pekka Luukkonen. Comrie was deemed most expendable but cleared waivers yesterday and will join the Rochester Americans of the AHL.

Comrie's been with Buffalo the last two seasons, signing a two-year $3.6M contract. The addition of Levi at the tail end of last season has pushed Comrie down the depth chart, as he's struggled to keep the puck out of the net this season. He's appeared in seven games this season, sporting a 1-5 record with a 4.01 GAA and .863 Sv%.

Comrie isn't an ideal replacement for Varlamov, but he can take a few starts off Sorokin's place until Varlamov's return and then could be waived.

He carries a $1.8M cap hit this season, and Lamoriello could likely convince the Sabres to retain some salary on their end. He’d at most cost no more than a late round pick.