The Dallas Stars have acquired goaltender Jhonas Enroth from the Buffalo Sabres in exchange for goalie Anders Lindback and a third-round pick in the 2016 draft.
The move Wednesday is the latest effort to shore up a shaky defense as the high-scoring Stars continue to chase a playoff berth.
Enroth was the starter for the last-place Sabres, going 13-21-2 with a .903 save percentage and 3.27 goals-against average. He will be Kari Lehtonen’s backup unless Lehtonen falters, as he has at times this season.
Lindback, who signed with the Stars last summer, didn’t offer much of an alternative, going 2-8 with an .875 save percentage and 3.71 goals-against average.
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“Jhonas is an extremely instinctive, experienced goaltender and head coach Lindy Ruff has a familiarity with his game,” Stars GM Nill told the team’s website. “Going down the stretch, where we have five more back-to-back situations, it was important for us to have a game-tested goaltender to help balance the workload.”
It wasn’t the Sabres’ only move Wednesday. They acquired embattled, talented and injured left wing Evander Kane from Winnipeg in a seven-player trade. The Jets received defenseman Tyler Myers, forwards Drew Stafford and Joel Armia, the rights to 2014 second-round pick Brendan Lemieux and the last of Buffalo’s three first-round picks in 2015.
Also Wednesday, Stars forward Jamie Benn apologized to twins Henrik Sedin and Daniel Sedin of Vancouver for making an inappropriate remark during a radio interview. After a radio host suggested the Sedin twins were roommates on road trips, Benn said, “Who knows what else they do together.”