DALLAS -- Jhonas Enroth said a lot of hellos to many familiar faces today in American Airlines Center. It's the first time he's seen his former Sabres teammates/staff and the Buffalo media since he was traded for Anders Lindback on Feb. 11 in a surprising move announced a few hours after the Sabres' blockbuster with Winnipeg.
"My first reaction was a lot of mixed emotions," Enroth said. "If you had asked me a week before, I would have told you I didn't want to get traded. But it was nice to feel wanted too. Dallas went out and traded for me. I guess it was mixed feelings. I would have put my money on I was going to get traded around the deadline, not that early."
Enroth is the backup tonight, with starter red-hot Kari Lehtonen on a six-game run that includes Saturday's 4-0 shutout win here over Chicago. Former Lehtonen backup Anders Lindback will start for the Sabres against his old team
Enroth is just 1-5 in Dallas, and that win was in relief. His goals-against average is 3.35 and his save percentage is just .873. It was over .910 most of the season in Buffalo before settling at .903. Enroth has given up 20 goals in his five starts, and hasn't played since a 5-4 loss March 7 at Tampa Bay.
"Kari has been playing real well lately. I kind of put myself in a little bit of a hole here," Enroth said. "I only have myself to blame. I'm just looking forward to the next game. ... I know I can play better."
Enroth said it's been good to be reunited with Lindy Ruff. The former Buffalo coach said he was impressed that Enroth won a World Championship with Sweden and with the way he made 38 saves against Dallas in the Sabres' 3-2 win over the Stars Feb. 7 in First Niagara Center.
"I think it's incredibly tough in this league to step in every fourth or fifth game," Ruff said. "When he's settled in there playing game after game, it's easier for him. It's easier for any goalie. Even for Lindback now, he's played game in and game out, he's faced a lot of shots and easier to get into the rhythm of a game."
Enroth said he's still adjusting to life in Dallas and knows that he could be moving on again this summer because he's an unrestricted free agent.
"I loved playing in Buffalo. I loved being a Sabre," Enroth said. "When I got traded, there was a lot of new stuff around me. It was a little bit tough but that's how it is. I'm still trying to deal with it."
What about a return to Buffalo? General Manager Tim Murray seems to like big goaltenders but Enroth's first word in response to the question was "definitely." Then he stopped himself and took the more politically correct route.
"I'm a Dallas Stars player right now and focused on doing well here," he said. "But I loved living in Buffalo and being a Sabre. I had a great time there."
Click below to hear the full audio of today's interviews with Enroth and Ruff, who comments on Lehtonen and Enroth as well as Tyler Ennis and the Sabres' big trade with Winnipeg.