Stars shore up goaltending by acquiring Enroth from Sabres
Just a few days after he beat them in Buffalo, the Dallas Stars announced on Wednesday afternoon they had acquired goaltender Jhonas Enroth from the Sabres in exchange for backup netminder Anders Lindback.
Enroth, 26, was 13-21-2 in 37 games for Buffalo this season. The Swedish-born goaltender had a .903 save percentage, a goals-against-average of 3.27 and one shutout.
Naturally, Stars general manager Jim Nill likes the addition of Enroth to the roster.
"Jhonas is an extremely instinctive, experienced goaltender and head coach Lindy Ruff has a familiarity with his game," said Nill in a team-issued press release. "Going down the stretch, where we have five more back-to-back situations, it was important for us to have a game-tested goaltender to help balance the workload."
That familiarity between Enroth and Ruff of course comes from the current second-year Stars head coach coaching the young goaltender in Buffalo before Ruff was fired in Feb. 2013.
Lindback, who the Stars had signed last offseason to back up No. 1 goaltender Kari Lehtonen, struggled in his 10 games at the NHL level, going 2-8-0. He spent time this year with the Texas Stars of the American Hockey League and recently returned from a conditioning assignment there.
Enroth was the starter in Buffalo for the past few seasons but it appears at least for now that he will be backing up Lehtonen. But with Lehtonen's noted struggles this season, could a goaltender controversy be brewing, especially if Enroth makes the most of his limited starts and if Lehtonen continues to struggle?
Well, wait and see. Either way, the Stars host the Florida Panthers at American Airlines Center on Friday night.
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