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Jhonas Enroth And The Now Public Fight Over His Contract

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Word is Sabres goaltender Jhonas Enroth is not interested in the current offer from the club. Told $525,000 one-way or $660/$62,500 #Sabresless than a minute ago via web Favorite Retweet Reply

This came from St. Louis' Andy Strickland on July 9th while yesterday a Swedish report came out that Enroth's camp was looking for a one-way contract in the $725,000 range. The situation has now become a public squabble from Enroth's camp as they try to use the only leverage they have at the moment, the media. 

Enroth is coming off of his best NHL season with a .907 save percentage and 2.73 goals against average in 14 regular season games and made a short appearance in Game Seven of the Flyers series. Enroth still is a restricted free agent and wasn't eligible for arbitration so he is really stuck between a rock and hard place when it comes to getting a contract done.

He could get lucky and receive an offer sheet from another team. The Sabres currently have $354,643 in cap space with three more players they would like to sign in Enroth, Gragnani, and Sekera. If another team blows Enroth away with an offer sheet, the Sabres could very well walk away. The problem with that is that pretty much every team is set with backup goaltenders and have no real need for Enroth's services. If an offer sheet doesn't materialize, Enroth could hold out for as long as possible to force the Sabres to cave or make David Leggio the backup goaltender. That scenario isn't going to bode well for him with his status in the organization though. 

The options out there for the Sabres should they need to obtain another backup would be very slim. Martin Gerber, Ray Emery, Ty Conklin, and Patrick Lalime are a few of the choices out there and most of them would be happy with a veteran minimum contract at $550,000. Does Jhonas Enroth deserve $750,000? Probably not right now. The bad thing for Enroth is that most teams have a backup goaltender already signed this year which means that there isn't going to be much interest in his services. He should probably just take the qualifying offer as the Sabres don't really have a better option in the AHL to replace him with.