The Buffalo Sabres have a huge question mark going into the offseason, and that is how to handle their goaltending situation. Are any of the goaltenders currently on the roster the goaltender of the future, or will the Buffalo Sabres goaltending crease be quite the revolving door through the rest of this rebuild as the team tries to surface from the ashes with a new identity.
Buffalo Sabres Goalie Question
Jhonas Enroth has long toiled behind Ryan Miller, and has paid his dues for the chance to be the starting goaltender in the National Hockey League. Behind Jhonas Enroth however, you have the likes of Michal Neuvirth and Matt Hackett – who could easily fill stand in an NHL crease and make a team at least play competitively. Nathan Lieuwen emerged from Rochester this year as well and performed admirably given the situation in which he was placed.
Letting these guys play it out in the pro’s might be a wise decision, but might not be in the plan of Tim Murray, who has publically stated he wants a winner in Rochester, similar to what he had with the Ottawa Senators AHL affiliate in the Binghamton Senators.
You also have to take into account as bad as the Buffalo Sabres could be next year as well, anyone on an expiring contract could find themselves traded away for parts and picks at the trade deadline, limiting the Buffalo Sabres growth at the trade deadline to players that will help the club get better.
With Martin Brodeur being 80% sure of playing next season and testing the free agent market – would you offer him a one year deal to help keep you on pace for being at the salary cap floor? It also gives the rookie and unproven goaltender core in your system a hall of fame worthy veteran to tutor with during the rebuild.