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Enroth Shipped to Dallas as Trade Winds Begin to Blow

Enroth Shipped to Dallas as Trade Winds Begin to Blow

Jhonas EnrothTrade season is upon us and the Buffalo Sabres have broken open the flood gates in a big way.

Their rebuild was given a major kickstart on Wednesday when they acquired Evander Kane from the Winnipeg Jets in a massive seven player trade.

They weren’t done there, as they also shipped goaltender Jhonas Enroth to the Dallas Stars a few hours later in exchange for Anders Lindback and a conditional third-round draft pick.

Enroth, who has worked with Stars head coach Lindy Ruff in Buffalo, will now get a chance to fight for a playoff position with his new team. With Buffalo this season, Enroth posted a 13-21-2 record, with a 3.27 GAA, .903 save percentage, and -12.50 goals saved above average.

The Stars may be unimpressed with current starter Kari Lehtonen’s .906 SV%, or they wanted to receive a capable backup that is accustomed to facing a lot of shots. The Sabres are giving up a league-high 34.8 shots per game this season – but the Stars aren’t much better, allowing 31.0 per game.

Anders Lindback will start fresh with a new franchise once again, as the Sabres will be his fourth team since 2011-2012. The massive 6’6″ netminder is seen across the league as a goalie with extraordinarily high ceiling, but has been unable to live up to that potential despite many tweaks and changes of scenery.

Sabres GM Tim Murray would talk about the acquisition of Lindback in a press conference.

“This is a tryout, if you will, for him. He’s a UFA at the end of the year also. It’s a tryout for him to show us that he’s either good or he’s not good.”

Both goaltenders are 26 years old and are unrestricted free agents at the end of the season.

Enroth would take to Instagram to thank the city of Buffalo for the years he spent there.

Enroth QuoteAnother goaltender, Jason Kasdorf, had his rights acquired by the Sabres from the Jets in the Evander Kane deal.

Kasdorf, a Winnipeg native, currently plays for his college team, RPI, and has a 9-14-0 record on the season with a 2.94 GAA and .900 SV%. He is coming off shoulder surgery in 2014 and has struggled to gain momentum on an RPI team that has trouble putting the puck in the net.

The Sabres see him as a long-term project with a lot of upside due to his large 6’4″ frame. The Jets drafted him in the sixth round, #157 overall in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft.

Tim Murray also spoke briefly about Kasdorf earlier in the day.

“Not a sure thing, but he’s a nice extra piece to have if things go right for him.”

About The Author

Greg Balloch

Greg Balloch is a Vancouver-based writer, broadcaster, and goaltending coach. His career began in Hamilton, Ontario as the voice of the Junior 'A' Hamilton Red Wings, before moving to Vancouver to cover the Canucks for CISL 650. A lifelong goaltender, he has been teaching the position for over a decade. He is currently an instructor for Pro4 Sports, and is the goaltending consultant for the BCHL's Surrey Eagles.

2 Comments

  1. BeninLondon

    Is this the biggest height difference in a goalie for goalie trade? I can’t think of anything that would be close since Bishop was swapped for picks or a player

    Reply
    • Greg Balloch

      Has to be. The player that Bishop was traded for, Cory Conacher, was 5’8″ but in terms of goalie-for-goalie trades, this has to be #1.

      Reply

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