Wednesday, January 11, 2017

NHL Trade review: Leafs send Enroth to Anaheim for 2018 late rounder

     The Anaheim Ducks have acquired G Jhonas Enroth from the Toronto Maple Leafs for a 2018 7th round draft pick. Here's why it happened:
      The leafs have been looking for a guy to backup starting goalie Frederik Andersen ever since the season started. That seemed to be Enroth, who the leafs signed to a 1 year. $750k deal in late August. But things didn't go well, as in 6 appearances for the team, 4 starts, Enroth had a save percentage of .872, then was sent to the AHL. G Antoine Bibeau was called up, but he wasn't there for long, as when the leafs recently claimed G Curtis McElhinney from Columbus to be their backup, they sent Bibeau to the AHL. That left them with 3 healthy AHL starters, Enroth, Bibeau and G Garrett Sparks, making Enroth expandable.
        The Ducks, who haven't been afraid to talk trades around goalies with the leafs, giving the leafs Andersen last offseason and acquiring Jonathan Bernier from Toronto soon after, needed an AHL goalie with both Dustin Tokarski and Matt Hackett going down with an injury, so they saw that Toronto was looking to sell low on Enroth, and dealt him for next year's 7th round pick. Enroth will report directly to the San Diego Gulls, the Ducks AHL affiliate.

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