With the added games that Ryan Miller is going to face starting in goal for the Americans at the Olympics in Vancouver, one can only assume that during the NHL regular season, he is going to have to play even more sparingly than he did last season. This means the Sabres are going to have to rely on their backup goaltender even more than they have in the past.
Although Lalime deserves a shot to take over these extra games in goal (mostly because he is already signed), I think Ruff has got to give him the start for most of the preseason games and many games early in the season to see if he will be able to win enough games to get the Sabres into the playoffs. If his GAA is up near 3.5, that simply is not good enough. I think any GAA below 3.0 would be good enough, but if our backup had a GAA of less than 2.5, even if Buffalo's forwards scored at the same miserable clip as they did last year, we'd probably make the playoffs given the extra 5-6 points that would translate into the standings.
If Lalime's intial GAA is satisfactory, good enough - I'd have no problem rolling with him. However if he performs the same as he did last season, that simply will not cut it. Could Enroth be ready to take 15 starts this year, if Lalime falls on his face?