Three Sabres file for arbitration

Robin Lehner, Johan Larsson and Nathan Beaulieu have all filed to meet with a league arbiter

Brayton Wilson
July 05, 2017 - 3:01 pm

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The Buffalo Sabres will have three of their five restricted free agents heading to league arbitration this summer.

The NHL Players' Association announced on Wednesday that 30 players around the league have filed for arbitration, including goalie Robin Lehner, forward Johan Larsson and defenseman Nathan Beaulieu. It was John Vogl of The Buffalo News who first reported that Lehner and Larsson were filing for arbitration.

Lehner, 25, posted a 23-26-8 record in 59 games played last season with the Sabres with a 2.68 goals-against average and a .920 save percentage. The Sabres gave him a qualifying offer last Monday that would pay him $3.15 million if he were to accept the offer.

Lehner is entering his third season with the Sabres while averaging a 2.63 goals-against average and a .921 save-percentage in 80 games played.

As for Larsson, the 24-year old is about to enter his fifth full season with the Sabres organization. The Swedish forward scored six goals and registered eleven points in 36 games last year. His season was cut short after requiring wirst and elbow injuries after a collision with the boards on December 31 against the Boston Bruins.

Larsson also received a qualifying offer from the Sabres for $997,500, after earning $950,000 last season.

Finally, the 24-year old Beaulieu is heading to arbitration before he even suits up for his first game as a Sabre. Beaulieu finished last season with four goals and 28 points in 74 games with the Montreal Canadiens. 

Beaulieu's qualifying offer from the Sabres would pay him $1 million. 

However, the chances that each player will make it to their meeting with a league arbiter are low. Last year, 25 players filed to meet with a league arbiter and only Colorado Avalanche defenseman Tyson Barrie went unsigned before meeting with the arbiter.

Forwards Zemgus Girgensons and Evan Rodrigues were the other two restricted free agents for the Sabres, however both elected not to file for arbitration.

Here is the complete list of the 30 players who filed for arbitration:

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