The Leafs have signed veteran backup goaltender Jhonas Enroth to a 1 year contract worth $750K.
Enroth last played for the LA Kings in 2015/16, appearing in 16 games, winning 7 and sporting a 2.17 GAA with a .922 save percentage.
Enroth in his career has appeared in 147 games, with a 50-66-15 record, a 2.80 GAA and a .911 save percentage. He also appeared in 1 playoff game for Buffalo.
The Leafs are his 4th team with Buffalo, Dallas and LA being his other NHL stops.
Enroth has represented his native country Sweden a few times internationally including 3 world championships.
The Leafs have been in need of a backup goalie since trading Jonathan Bernier to the Anaheim Ducks earlier this summer.
GM Lou Lamoriello stated previously he preferred a veteran to be brought in to backup new starter Fredrik Andersen and Enroth definitely fits that description.
Enroth is not your prototypical goaltender standing only 5’10. he is definitely good enough to handle a backup role on any team.
If he is though asked to play a lot, he will likely struggle as he did in Buffalo during the 2014-15 season. Hopefully he will not be asked much here in Toronto.
This will give young goalies Garret Sparks and Antoine Bibeau another year of development and a year to get back in the good books within the organization after struggling a bit last year, especially in the AHL playoffs.
With the contract being very affordable, it was a smart, low cost move by the Leafs that fills an important need.