Enroth Shipped to Dallas as Trade Winds Begin to Blow
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.
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.”