The Komets traded goaltender Patrick Munson to the Orlando Solar Bears today for an undisclosed amount of cash.
While the Komets had tried to carry three goalies for as long as they could, coach Ben Boudreau said, their overfilled roster, with defenseman Will Petschenig returning from an ankle injury, forced their hand.
Initially signed Nov. 8 to fill in for the injured Dylan Ferguson, Munson was 5-5-1 with a 3.36 goals-against average and a .896 save percentage in 12 games. His presence created an interesting situation because Ferguson and Cole Kehler are NHL prospects, but Munson outplayed them both at times and was less likely to get called up.
Kehler, a Los Angeles Kings prospect, is 14-9-2 with a 3.05 goals against average, a .900 save percentage and two shutouts. Ferguson, a Vegas Golden Knights prospect, is 5-4-2 with a 4.02 GAA and a .864 SP.
“Patrick has earned a good look, he’s earned his own case. He turned a temporary stay into a long-term opportunity,” Boudreau said. “At first, he was only going to be here for a week or two to replace Ferguson while he was out, but he played so good that we had no choice but to keep him.
"I think Cole Kehler’s resurgence with three wins in his last three (starts), and the fact that Dylan Ferguson has remained healthy and played pretty well over his last few starts, it kind of told us that it’s time to move on and get (the roster) down. We need to find a No. 1 goalie here heading down the stretch for the playoffs.”
Munson will help fill the void in Orlando left by Zach Fucale going to play overseas.