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Buffalo Sabres Re-Sign Jhonas Enroth to 2-Year Extension

BUFFALO, NY - APRIL 19:  Jhonas Enroth #1 of the Buffalo Sabres warms up to play the New York Rangers at First Niagara Center on April 19, 2013 in Buffalo, United States.  (Photo by Jen Fuller/Getty Images)
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Matt CloudenCorrespondent IJune 20, 2013

The Buffalo Sabres have re-signed netminder Jhonas Enroth to a two-year deal this morning according to ESPN's Pierre Lebrun, ensuring that the Sabres will be with at least one of their two top goalies to start next season. 

Enroth will receive $1.25 million per season over the two years, potentially making the signing an excellent deal for the Sabres. 

Enroth was due to become a restricted free agent on July 5, meaning the Sabres could have matched any offer made to him. However, given the uncertainty surrounding the Ryan Miller situation at the present time, it was pretty much a sure thing that Enroth would be back with the Sabres next season and beyond. 

Enroth only started nine of the team's 48 games last season as his struggles from the end of the 2011-12 season carried over to the beginning of this season. In those nine games, Enroth amassed a respectable 2.60 goals against average and an excellent .919 save percentage. Enroth finished the season with a 4-4-1 record. 

Given the uncertainty swirling around Miller, Enroth could be the Sabres' number one netminder come October. While he has not proven that he can consistently play at a high level, Enroth has shown his ability to carry the Sabres to a win. If Miller were to leave, Enroth would share time with Matt Hackett who came over from the Minnesota Wild in the Jason Pominville trade.

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