NHL Hockey

Buffalo Sabres (25-45-12)

GM: Sabres parting ways with starting goalie Robin Lehner

The Sabres are moving on from Robin Lehner after the goalie failed to establish himself as a starter during three seasons, capped by Buffalo's last-place finish this past year.

General manager Jason Botterill announced Friday the Sabres will not extend Lehner a one-year qualifying offer of about $4 million to retain his rights as a restricted free agent. The decision means Lehner will become free to sign with any team once the NHL's free agency period opens on July 1.

"It's a scenario where you finish 31st you have to make some difficult choices," Botterill told reporters in Dallas, hours before the Sabres were scheduled to open the NHL draft with the No. 1 pick.

Points: J. Eichel64
Plus/Minus: C. Mittelstadt1
Shots on Goal: J. Eichel246
PIM: J. Nolan69
Win: R. Lehner14
Shutouts: R. Lehner3
Offense (Rank)
Goals: 198 (31)
Shots: 2557 (21)
PP%: 19.1% (20)
Penalty Minutes: 673 (20)
Assists: 329 (31)
SH Goals: 9 (7)
Atlantic Division
  W L OTL Pts
xyz-Tampa Bay 54 23 5 113
x-Boston 50 20 12 112
x-Toronto 49 26 7 105
Florida 44 30 8 96
Detroit 30 39 13 73
Montreal 29 40 13 71
Ottawa 28 43 11 67
Buffalo 25 45 12 62
Full Standings
Defense (Rank)
Goals Against: 278 (3)
Shots Against: 2681 (10)
PK%: 77.9% (22)
Penalty Minutes: 721 (13)
Shutouts: 3 (21)
Sv%: 0.896 (29)
Date Player Status
No Recent Injuries
Date Player Transactions
6/14 U. Luukkonen Signed Three-year, entry-level contract
6/14 B. Hickey Traded w/ Mike Sislo for Hudson Fasching
6/14 M. Sislo Traded w/ Brandon Hickey for Hudson Fasching
5/23 R. Asplund Signed Three-year, entry-level contract
5/15 L. Pilut Signed as Free Agent Two-year, entry-level contract
5/2 C. Nelson Contract extended Two-year contract extension
4/27 J. Josefson Signed with European team Djurgardens IF (Sweden)
4/24 V. Olofsson Signed Two-year, entry-level contract
4/11 A. Oglevie Signed as Free Agent Two-year, entry-level contract
4/8 B. Guhle Sent to minors Rochester-AHL
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