Sabres agree to terms with Lehner

Both sides avoid arbitration with a one-year deal

Brayton Wilson
July 25, 2017 - 8:49 am

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The Buffalo Sabres and goalie Robin Lehner have avoided arbitration and have come to terms on a new one-year, $4 million contract. The Sabres made the signing official early Tuesday morning, just two days ahead of Lehner's scheduled arbitration hearing with a league arbiter.

The 26-year old goalie played a career-high 59 games this season going 23-26-8 with a 2.68 goals-against average, a .920 save-percentage, and two shutouts. In his two seasons with the Sabres, Lehner has registered a 2.63 goals-against average and a .921 save-percentage. He was acquired on the day of the NHL Draft in 2015, along with David Legwand, from the Ottawa Senators in exchange for a first round pick.

Lehner's new deal will make him the 26th highest paid goaltender in the National Hockey League. According to CapFriendly.com, Lehner will be a restricted free agent once again next summer and will be eligible for arbitration.

The Sabres only have one player who is still scheduled to head to arbitration. Defenseman Nathan Beaulieu is scheduled to meet with a league arbiter on August 4.

Zemgus Girgensons and Evan Rodrigues are the other restricted free agents who need a new contract, but neither of them will be heading to arbitration.

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