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Sabres send Neuvirth to Islanders for backup goalie, 2016 third-round pick

The Sabres' hottest player is now a member of the New York Islanders.

Goaltender Michal Neuvirth, who has been a wall in the Buffalo net since taking over for Jhonas Enroth, has been sent to the Isles for goalie Chad Johnson and a 2016 third-round pick, according to various reports.

"It’s definitely a big opportunity," Neuvirth said on TSN. "I feel like the Islanders got a really good team. They want to want to go really far in the playoffs, and I’ll do whatever I can do to help them get as far as they can."

Despite a 6-17-3 record, Neuvirth has a .918 save percentage.

"Things have been going a lot better lately," he said on TSN. "I’ve been facing a lot of shots, good shots, and I think it can help me in the long run to get better."

Neuvirth will back up Isles starter Jaroslav Halak. Coincidentally, they were traded for each other last season. The Sabres sent Halak and a third-round pick to Washington for Neuvirth and Rostislav Klesla.

Johnson has struggled for the Islanders. He is 8-8-1 with a .889 save percentage and 3.08 goals-against average.

The 28-year-old is in the first season of a two-year, $2.6 million deal. He and Anders Lindback are the Sabres' goaltenders.

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