Just when you’re getting used to the idea of losing both Tyler Myers and Drew Stafford, Sabres GM Tim Murray then announces that he’s made a 2nd Trade on the same day.
This time the trade would the Sabres move on current starting goalie Jhonas Enroth to the Dallas Stars to link up once again with former Sabres coach Lindy Ruff.
With the Stars in the hunt for a playoff place and needing a goalie Sabres GM Tim Murray said ‘it seemed like the right time to make a deal.’ Let’s hope hes right on this, at least it give us more time to look at guys and assess our needs before the end of the season.
In return for Jhonas going to Dallas the Sabres get Anders Lindback and also a conditional third round pick in the 2016 draft, although this could become a 2nd round pick should Enroth reach 4 playoff game wins.
For me it’s a shame Jhonas is going as he’s shown signs that he is finally stepping out from the shadows of Ryan Miller that held the number one spot for so long. Again though Enroth is an UFA in the summer and GM Murray admitted that we may go back in for him then.
Jhonas has posted a 3.27 GAA and a .903 SV% in 37 games this season, leading the team to 13 wins. Lindback in comparison has a 3.71 GAA and a .875 SV% with 2 wins and 8 losses in 10 appearances this season, including last weeks 3-2 Sabres win over the Stars where both goalies went head to head.
The deal is a good one for the Stars as they are serious playoff contenders so need the depth at the goalie position. I just worry that we will now see a similar situation with our goalies like we had at the end of last season with anyone who is fit donning the mask.
Murray says he’d like to see more of Neuvirth but the guy has had so so many injuries. I’d personally like to see more of Matt Hackett and Nathan Lieuwen but for now it looks like Lindback and Neuvirth will get the nod.
We still have several weeks until we hit the trade deadline and it wouldn’t surprise me to see another couple of movements involving the Sabres. It is however vitally important for me that we keep the likes of Girgensons, Ristolainen and Zadorov who for their ages have been superb and I look forward to seeing them develop further.
One thing is certain though Tim Murray isn’t afraid to shake up the roster, but when you’re the worst team in the NHL I guess you have to do something.
LETS GO BUFFALO