According to reports, Sabres goaltender prospect has told a Swedish newspaper that he would like to be paid at a higher rate than what the Buffalo Sabres have offered him.
The restricted free agent was tendered a qualifying offer so that the Buffalo Sabres were able to retain his rights. Enroth reportedly wants a higher dollar value on a one way deal. He thinks he has earned it. I am inclined to agree with him, to a point. Have you earned yourself a one way contract? Sure, you played pretty well, stepping in at different points in the season with little notice and colder than Patrick Lalime, and performed extraordinarily. You pulled us into the playoffs with key victories and made some sick saves, with and without your helmet. You have deserved the right to wear a blue and gold sweater all year. With a better defense in front of him, and a good young goaltender behind him, Ryan Miller just might return to Vezina winning form.
I would, if I were in the position of the Buffalo Sabres, lock you into a long term deal pulling door duty on the bench, with the occasional spot in the crease. Here is the thing with keeping Enroth around though – unless something happens catastrophically, Ryan Miller is the anointed goaltender of this organization, and he has three years left on his deal.
Jhonas Enroth would be signing a rookie level deal, his first one way contract in the NHL, I am fairly certain he can only sign a three year deal at the maximum. That puts the Buffalo Sabres into a quandry – putting both Ryan Miller and Jhonas Enroth on the cusp of unrestricted free agency on the eve of the same year. Even if the Sabres sign him to a longer deal, there is no guarantee that he would be the starting goaltender for the Buffalo Sabres at the conclusion of Ryan Miller’s contract. We have seen this situation arise with Marty Biron/Dominik Hask and Ryan Miller.
And its not like the kid is asking for millions. According to the Swedish hockey site that broke the news:
Inför nästa säsong är det tänkt att Enroth ska spela för Buffalo Sabres på heltid, men än så länge har han inte fått skrivit under något nytt kontrakt. På grund av Sabres tunga free agent-satsning på spelare som Christian Ehrhoff och Ville Leino har klubben ytterst lite utrymme kvar under lönetaket. Det fick till följd att Sabres första bud till Enroth stannade vid, med NHL-mått mätt, blygsamma 525 000 dollar, ett anbud som han och hans agenter snabbt nobbade.
– Vi är ute efter lite mer än så. Det finns målvakter i den här ligan som har spelat färre matcher än vad jag har gjort, men som ändå tjänar mer pengar. Runt 700 000 dollar hoppas jag på, säger Jhonas Enroth till hockeysverige.se och tillägger att det är ett envägskontrakt han suktar efter.
Now I can’t read it, but its clear the goaltender was offered in the realm of just over half a million dollars, and would like closer to 700K. I am sure the organization can afford a couple for bills for the guy who saved their post season hopes – and possible be there to help them steal an important game or two over the next three season.