Maple Leafs Sign UFA Jhonas Enroth
Toronto Maple Leafs have signed unrestricted free agent goaltender Jhonas Enroth to a one-year deal worth $750,000.
Selected in the second round (46th overall) by the Buffalo in 2006, Enroth spent part of six seasons with the Sabres before being traded to Dallas in February 2015 in exchange for Anders Lindback and a conditional third-round draft pick at the 2016 NHL Entry Draft.
The 28-year-old joined Los Angeles as an unrestricted free agent that summer, featuring in 16 games for the Kings last year.
Enroth’s NHL career record stands at 50-66-15 while posting a .911 save percentage, with the Swedish puck stopper admitting he was left feeling frustrated by his lack of opportunities in LA.
The Stockholm native has been linked to the Maple Leafs on and off throughout the summer, after last seasons number one and two – Jonathan Bernier and James Reimer – departed while prospects such as Garrett Sparks continue to hone their craft.
But many felt the Enroth’s size, standing at just 5’10”, combined with the pending changes to goaltenders equipment would significantly hurt his game, leading to a lack of firm offers for his services.
However, none of the ten NHL contracted goaltenders InGoal Magazine has spoken to over the last few weeks have tried or ordered any new equipment, with all ten saying they do not expect it to be used before the start the new season.
This change in outlook has undoubtedly helped Enroth’s case, making the experienced netminder an increasingly attractive option for teams seeking to boost their goaltending depth in recent weeks.
While Enroth is likely to encounter a similar struggle in twelve months time, when the NHL may look to push through equipment changes, he will at least have the chance to showcase his talents ahead of next summers expansion as he bids to retain his place in the NHL.