Lindy Ruff wants to get a look at the new guy, so Drew MacIntrye will be the Sabres' starting goaltender in their preseason opener tonight.
MacIntyre was signed in the offseason to be the third goalie in the organization, giving Buffalo an experienced fallback behind rookie backup Jhonas Enroth. The 28-year-old MacIntyre is entering his ninth season as a pro and is highly regarded, as his minor-league salary of $200,000 would suggest.
"We’ve got another goalie we brought into the system, we’re going to take a little look at him tonight," Ruff said in First Niagara Center, where the Sabres host Carolina at 7 p.m. "With five games in seven nights, we’ll probably split the next one then kind of go every other game. Goalies like playing full games. They don’t really like playing half a game, so I’ll discuss the preseason, the tail end of it, with both Jhonas and Ryan [Miller] and go from there."
Enroth will play the second half of tonight's game.
"Jhonas will come in in relief like he may have to during the season," Ruff said.