After disappointing start, Enroth waived by Toronto
Last week, Brough wrote about the struggles Jhonas Enroth’s had in his brief time as a Maple Leaf.
Today, the Leafs responded to those struggles.
Enroth has been placed on waivers, just four days after a 3-0 loss to the Calgary Flames, in which he was beaten twice in the first minute of the game.
“The first goal I didn’t get to my position and that’s on me,” Enroth said afterwards. “Maybe I was a little bit slow on the pass out. On the second goal it was just a bang-bang play. Not much to do there I think.”
The loss dropped him to 0-3-1 on the year, with a 3.94 GAA and .872 save percentage.
“Obviously, wasn’t going good enough,” head coach Mike Babcock said, per TSN. “We’re just in a situation where we’re making a change.”
It’s a stark contract to last season, when Enroth performed very well -- albeit in a limited capacity -- as Jonathan Quick’s backup in Los Angeles. The diminutive Swede went 7-5-1 with a .922 save percentage, and was disappointed he didn’t get more opportunities to play.
“Just being a bigger part of the team is what I would like to do in the summer,” Enroth told the Los Angeles Times back in April. “I really thought they were going to play me more.
“If you sign a guy for $1.2 million, you’re not going to play him 13 games, in my opinion.”
Toronto signed Enroth in late August to serve as Frederik Andersen’s backup. It’s worth noting that Enroth only received four starts for Toronto before getting waived, so hardly a huge body of work.
As for the Leafs’ plan moving forward, it’s possible they could sign veteran Finn Karri Ramo. Ramo suffered a season-ending ACL tear with Calgary in February, and has been practicing with the Leafs for the last month.
If Ramo’s not the option, the club does have Garret Sparks, Jeff Glass and Antoine Bibeau in the system, and available for recall.