The Buffalo Sabres announced today that the team has re-signed goaltender Jhonas Enroth to a two-year contract. Enroth was set to become a restricted free agent this offseason.
Last season, Enroth appeared in 12 games, including nine starts. He played 623 minutes and had a 2.60 GAA. Enroth went 4-4-1-1 and allowed 27 goals on 332 shots faced.
Terms of his new deal have not been disclosed, but last season he earned $725,000.
Enroth has been with the Buffalo Sabres organization since being drafted by the team 46th overall in the 2006 NHL Entry Draft. Since then, he’s appeared in 53 games with the team, winning 21 of those games. He also appeared in 147 games with the AHL’s Portland Pirates when the Sabres were affiliated with that team.
*Added by editor Tim Redinger:
Jhonas Enroth was a restricted free agent. And was the subject of my RFA series this weekend. I will add my thoughts here instead, since he has been signed.
Signing Enroth takes a little mystery out of the goaltending situation in Buffalo – but with the uncertainty if Ryan Miller will remain with the franchise beyond this off season – what does this mean for Enroth?
For now, it keeps the Swedish goaltender with the Buffalo Sabres for the next two seasons, one year beyond the contract for Ryan Miller.
The Buffalo Sabres now have a logjam of goaltenders in the pipeline. For now, with Ryan Miller and Jhonas Enroth in the net at the parent club, the organization will have the David Leggio/Matt Hackett tandem in Rochester.
The signing of Enroth to just a two year contract doesn’t tip the organizations hand on what will be done with Ryan Miller. If the contract was for longer, the Buffalo Sabres would have given us the sign that the end of the Ryan Miller era is at hand, and that Jhonas Enroth is the future goalie of the Sabres.