Mikael Who?

by Ryan

The Sabres just traded for a goaltender, and it’s one that many Sabres fans have never heard of. Here’s a bit about Mikael Tellqvist while we’re inching closer to the deadline:

Tellqvist have played for two teams over six seasons in the NHL, the majority of those with Phoenix. Last season he played in 22 games with the Coyotes, but was bumped down the depth chart when Bryzgalov was picked up. He went 9-8-2 during that stretch, with a 2.75 GAA and .908 SV%. That’s not awful, but is certainly not starting goaltender-type numbers.

This year Tellqvist has made 15 appearances, going 7-5-1 over that stretch. His GAA (2.86) and save percentage (.907) are decent, but it isn’t clear if he can be a starting goaltender by any means. It looks like the Sabres will be splitting starts between Tellqvist and Lalime, with Enroth moving back down to Portland. I’m sure Pirates fans will welcome the move, as it gives them a warm body and their star goaltender back.

Based on Darcy’s earlier comments it appears Miller will be back before the season is over, so it makes Tellqvist a rental for sure. His $800k contract isn’t bad, but it is almost like picking up another Patrick Lalime with less experience. Darren Pang raved about him on TSN earlier, but he hasn’t proven much of anything during his NHL career.

In case you were wondering, he has never played in an NHL postseason game.