The other day our Editor, Tim, wrote a great article about the Buffalo Sabres upcoming decisions between the pipes. If you read the article, and you should have, then you know that Tim suggested the Sabres trade 2 goalies in hopes of bringing the next franchise guy to the crease sooner rather than later. Why delay the inevitable no? I don’t want to spoil the article for you, but Tim suggests the Buffalo Sabres should trade back-up Jhonas Enroth as well as Ryan Miller at the deadline.
If we’re counting up rumours, I think Ryan Miller has been traded 200 times, in 500 different deals with all 30 teams at least once this season. That’s just the way the rumours work. However if you put any stock into those rumours chances are Miller will indeed be traded at some point by March 5th.
The rumour mill surrounding Jhonas Enroth on the other hand has been fairly quiet as one could expect. As far as anyone
knows Tim Murray and the Buffalo Sabres aren’t in the market to trade Enroth, so little rumours make sense. While there have been many rumours surrounding the Sabres back-up, there have been some floating around the interwebs suggesting that the Winnipeg Jets might be in the market for an Enroth type of goaltender.
The Buffalo Sabres truly don’t know what they have in Jhonas Enroth as of yet. For the last 3 season’s he’s been Ryan Miller’s back-up and while he hasn’t shown many signs proving he can be a starter, no one knows for sure. He’s gone through stretches of strong play and stretches of poor play, but he has ultimately played too sporadically for the team and fans to get a good read on what he brings to the table.
Do I think the Sabres can win a Stanley Cup with Enroth between the pipes? Probably not. However, he could be a great goalie next season as the Sabres hunt for Connor McDavid in another down year. It would be nice for fans and management to see Matt Hackett in some NHL games next season alongside Enroth, but the rest of the goalies in the pipeline are still a few season’s away from NHL playing time.
Unless the Buffalo Sabres can net a goaltender in either the Ryan Miller or Jhonas Enroth deals, it might be a bit too early to trade Enroth.
Would you be open to the Buffalo Sabres trading Jhonas Enroth as well as Ryan Miller?