In the second deal of the day for the Buffalo Sabres on Wednesday, the Sabres sent goaltender Jhonas Enroth to the Dallas Stars in exchange for goalie Anders Lindback and a conditional third round selection in this year’s draft.
The Enroth swap may indicate a general value for goaltenders that could provide an idea of what Karri Ramo could net, if traded.
There have been a handful of recent trades involving goaltenders and draft picks, which could provide some clues:
- Washington traded Michael Neuvirth and Rostislav Klesla to Buffalo for Jaroslav Halak and a 2015 third round pick.
- Anaheim traded Victor Fasth to Edmonton for a 2014 fifth round pick and a 2015 third round pick.
- Columbus traded Steve Mason to Philadelphia for Michael Leighton and a 2015 third round pick.
- Arizona traded Devan Dubnyk to Minnesota for a 2015 third round pick.
- And now, Buffalo traded Jhonas Enroth to Dallas for Anders Lindback and a conditional 2015 third round pick (it becomes a second rounder if some conditions are met).
The Fasth deal seems to be the one I’d point to if I were Brad Treliving. Fasth’s numbers are downright bad compared to Ramo’s. Fasth is 5-14-2, with a 3.33 goals against average and ugly .889 save percentage. Ramo’s 8-5-1 with a 2.62 goals against average and .905 save percentage.
And in terms of the Enroth/Lindback swap, Enroth has a similar save percentage to Ramo’s (.903) but ugly goals-against and win-loss numbers, while Lindback has been an NHL/AHL tweener with great AHL numbers in limited duty by an UGLY 2-8-0 NHL record.
So the gist is, Ramo’s value should be in the vicinity of a depth player and a third round pick (or a third round pick and a fourth or fifth round pick). But given that Reto Berra was moved for a second round selection last year, virtually anything is possible if you have a suitably motivated buyer.