Sabres Add Backup Goalie - Maybe a Trade Prelude?

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The Buffalo Sabres have addressed the need to fill the back up goaltender spot; and they have done it with none other than Patrick Lalime.

An old familiar face will greet the players at the bench and will share the crease duties with Ryan Miller, probably on a similar scale to what we saw this year.

This shocks me as the Sabres appeared to want to part ways with Lalime after another disappointing turnout from the veteran backup.

With Lalime locked in for another year, it is safe to say that the organization probably thinks that young Swedish netminder Jhonas Enroth would be better served with another active duty year as the starter in Portland, as opposed to learning the NHL game from behind Ryan Miller.

For me, this moves means another sub .500 year when Miller doesn’t start, and most likely another early exit from the playoffs as Miller gets worn down from too many starts in the regular season.

With this addition, and the early signing today, might the Sabres be shopping some of their wares around the league to maybe add to draft day 2011 or to bolster this years roster?

Former Sabres player Nathan Paetsch was signed by the Florida Panthers today.  Ruff liked to use Paetsch at both forward and defense as needed – Paetsch was traded to Columbus last season before hitting the open market as an unrestricted free agent.

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Tags: Buffalo Buffalo Sabres Free Agents Goalie Jhonas Enroth Patrick Lalime Rob Niedermayer Ryan Miller Sweden

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