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Buffalo Sabres Face Goaltending Questions Entering This Season

August 20th, 2014 at 9:00 AM
By Anthony Custode Jr

For the first time since Ryan Miller's emergence in 2005, the Buffalo Sabres have a big question mark between the pipes entering this season.

The Sabres traded Miller to St. Louis last season, and he eventually signed with the Vancouver Canucks in the offseason. As the great era of "Miller Time" concludes, questions surrounding Buffalo's goaltending situation begin swirling.

Jhonas Enroth served as Miller's backup for the past few years, and showed some signs of decency during that period. However, whenever he was pushed into the starting role for a significant period of time, Enroth struggled. In five seasons with Buffalo, Enroth has never posted a 10-win season. He is an under-sized goaltender and has proven in the past to be unreliable as a regular starter.

Michal Neuvirth had a decent run with the Washington Capitals before being traded to Buffalo. His best season came in the 2010-2011 campaign, where he posted a 27-12-4-4 record for Washington. He appeared in two games for Buffalo last season, but was unable to secure a win, as wins were hard to come by with any netminder last season.

After Miller's departure, Buffalo's goaltending situation became a carousel from a horror movie. It seemed as though a Buffalo goaltender suffered an injury every other game. Whoever Ted Nolan decides to trust as his No. 1 goaltender will need to bring consistency to the position, and team. Something that was established in Buffalo while Miller was on the roster.

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