Former Nashville and Tampa Bay goaltender Anders Lindback has reportedly signed a PTO with New Jersey, according to Henrik Sjöberg of Swedish newspaper SPORT–Expressen.
Selected in the seventh round (207th overall) of the 2008 NHL Entry Draft by the Predators, Lindback has featured in 130 career NHL games for Nashville, Tampa Bay, Buffalo, Dallas and Arizona assembling a 45-58-8 record with a 0.904 save percentage, 2.87 goals-against average and three shut outs.
Despite a promising start to his NHL career working under legendary goaltending coach Mitch Korn in Tennessee, Lindback has been unable to secure a regular spot in the NHL though he did put in some strong performances on a weak Sabres team during the 2014-15 campaign after being traded to Buffalo from Dallas in exchange for Jhonas Enroth.
The 28-year-old struggled to maintain his form after signing a one-year deal with the Coyotes, however, posting a 0.894 save percentage in 19 games for the franchise before being sidelined for the final 27 games of the season due to an achilles injury.
It’s possible New Jersey may represent a last shot at the NHL for Lindback, whose tremendous size is still seen as an asset by many.
Cory Schneider is the undisputed number one in New Jersey, but Lindback may feel he can edge out last seasons backup goaltender Keith Kinkaid, who went 9-9-1 for the Devils last season with a 0.904 save percentage but failed to truly impress when Schneider was sidelined for eleven games in March.
New Jersey also have 24-year-old Scott Wedgewood and prospects MacKenzie Blackwood and Ken Appleby in the system, making a deal far from guaranteed for Lindback – though next summers expansion draft may play on general manager Ray Shero’s mind with each NHL club required to expose one netminder.