CORAL SPRINGS, Fla. (WIVB) – The wheeling and dealing is underway, with Sabres GM Tim Murray trading the 21st overall pick in tonight’s draft to Ottawa this morning, netting goalie Robin Lehner and forward David Legwand in return.
Lehner fills a major need for the Sabres, and also fits the model of the type of goalie Murray’s said he was looking for – a younger player with some NHL experience.
The 23 year old from Sweden has 86 games of NHL experience, posting a .914 save percentage and 2.88 goals-against average.
Murray is quite familiar with him, having been a part of the Senators organization before coming to Buffalo. Lehner led the AHL’s Binghamton Senators to a Calder Cup in 2011, earning postseason MVP honors in the process.
Legwand, on the other hand, is near the end of his career. The 17-year veteran turns 35 this season. He posted nine goals and 18 assists last season in 80 games.