The Buffalo Sabres have traded goaltender Jhonas Enroth to the Dallas Stars in exchange for Anders Lindback and a conditional third-round pick in 2016.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Hours after a blockbuster deal with Winnipeg, the Sabres continue to make moves well in advance of the trade deadline. Enroth is due to become an unrestricted free agent this summer. While the Sabres were believed trying to re-sign him it’s evident by this move they were unsuccessful. This means Michal Neuvirth, also a UFA, could be retained for next season. I have my doubts they’ll keep Lindback beyond this season. He really struggled as a backup in Dallas and is also a UFA in June. He’s now on his third NHL teams since last season.
As for the Stars, this indicates they haven’t given up hope of a playoff berth. This move addresses a significant need for experienced depth between the pipes. They risked burning out starter Kari Lehtonen because of weak backup goaltending. Enroth should provide stability and provide an opportunity to lighten Lehtonen’s workload a little down the stretch. This should be a good short-term pickup for them, with the option of re-signing Enroth should he play well over the rest of this season.