The Buffalo Sabres signed goaltender Michael Houser to a NHL contract on Friday morning, signifying that there could be a move coming in net.
That move came Saturday afternoon with the Sabres trading goaltender Jonas Johansson to the Colorado Avalanche for a sixth round pick in the 2021 NHL Draft.
Lance Lysowski of The Buffalo News was the first to report the pending Johansson trade on Friday after he was not on the ice for practice at KeyBank Center.
Sportsnet hockey insider Elliotte Friedman had said in the past that Johansson's name was garnering interest around the NHL, and he brought his name back up again on Friday. Friedman specifically mentioned the Colorado Avalanche as a team that had looked into his services before.
The 25-year-old was the Sabres' third round pick (61st overall) in the 2014 NHL Draft.
Johansson played 13 games in the last two seasons, compiling a record of 1-8-2. In his time with the Sabres, Johansson put up a goals-against average of 3.40 and an .888 save percentage.
Although Johansson has struggled in his limited time in the NHL, his play with the Rochester Americans, perhaps, have him some value to a team looking for a better third goalie. In the 2019-20 season, Johansson had a .921 save percentage in 22 games for the Amerks, which led to him being an AHL All-Star.