The Leafs signed the netminder as a free agent in August, inking him to a one-year deal worth $750,000. He started just four games this season and put up a 3.94 goals against average, losing all four contests.
Frederik Andersen will get the start on Wednesday when Toronto faces off against the Minnesota Wild, but the backup netminder isn’t set in stone yet. Word around the campfire has Antoine Bibeau a potential recall, as he’s been playing quality hockey with the Toronto Marlies.
Karri Ramo is close to being medically cleared to return and has been skating daily since the summer, rehabbing a torn ACL.
The Maple Leafs are hoping to put Ramo in the mix and putting Enroth on waivers seems to indicate that a return could be sooner rather than later. Ramo attended a team practice in November, but he hasn’t been around the club as of late. That could change.
Of course, something had to change with Enroth.
The 28-year-old Swedish goalie gave up two goals on three shots against the Calgary Flames on November 30.
And Toronto never got the tandem they were after with Andersen and Enroth. They sought an upgrade from the difficult Jonathan Bernier and James Reimer pairing, but Enroth was the weak link.
“Met with [Jhonas] today. Obviously wasn’t going good enough,” head coach Mike Babcock said on Monday. “We’re just in a situation where we’re making a change.”
If Enroth clears waivers, he’ll be assigned to the Marlies and will join a wealth of goalies in the AHL. Toronto already boasts Bibeau, Jeff Glass and Garret Sparks in the system and could have trouble juggling the new arrival.
In 153 career NHL games with the Leafs, Los Angeles Kings, Dallas Stars, and Buffalo Sabres, Enroth has a 50-69-16 record with a 2.84 goals against average and a .909 save percentage.