Hockey goaltenders use a catching glove, a stick, leg pads and several body pads made from hydrophobic synthetic leather, nylon and densely packed foam to stop pucks. But on Mar. 29, 2018, against the Detroit Red Wings, nine-year veteran goalie Robin Lehner made the most important save of his career… with a cell phone. It
In today’s NHL, speed dominates. No longer can teams roster slow, hulking defensemen capable of obstructing opponents into submission. But, if a player has speed and size, they can be lethal. According to Hockey-Graphs, the average NHLer stands six-foot-one and weighs 201 pounds (as of the 2014-15 season). When compared to the average NHL player
His words cut to the chase. “Right now we have a losing culture here,” said Buffalo Sabres general manager Jason Botterill at his season-ending news conference. “It stinks that we won’t be watching live playoff hockey right now.” The Sabres had missed the postseason again, extending their franchise-worst playoff drought to seven seasons. They finished
Rookie general manager Jason Botterill will be desperate to prevent his Buffalo Sabres from finishing last, again, in April 2019. However, he’s going to have to be one of professional sports’ busiest executives in the next six months to prevent such a fate; and he’ll have to be both good and lucky. There are several
On Thursday, Linus Ullmark, an up-and-coming goalie with the Sabres’ AHL affiliate Rochester Amerks was named to the American Hockey League’s North Division roster for the 2018 AHL All-Star Classic. It’s his second consecutive All-Star selection. Last year, he had a sparkling 15-save performance in the Skills Competition, earning him Top Goaltender honors. The two-day
According to statisticians, it happened with 1:09 remaining in regulation. That’s when the New York Islanders rallied with a goal to tie their game against the Sabres, 2-2. Not according to Robin Lehner. “Everything is predetermined against us,” Lehner said after the game in Barclays Center. “I know Toronto already made up their mind it
In a season where the Buffalo Sabres have failed to meet expectations, Robin Lehner has been a popular target of criticism. While his statistics resemble that of an average starting goaltender, Lehner hasn’t proven himself as a player who can be leaned on to steal a game, but perhaps he bears too much of the blame.
In today’s Rumor Rundown, we look at trade options in different positions. From a top-six forward to a depth center, goaltenders and a defenseman, everyone and everything is needed around the NHL as the season progresses. Wayne Simmonds is a player multiple teams would have interest in. But, are the Flyers looking to move him
The exciting part about a new season is that it resets every team. Win and loss columns are all brought back to zero. Each team is full of potential and hope. But slow starts out of the gate can kill a team. Failing to be even a mediocre team can be deadly in the NHL.
Judging by the comments on social media and around the water cooler, you get the feeling that Robin Lehner could win the Vezina Trophy and still be hated in Buffalo. Murray’s Man Fans can’t seem to look past the fact that former Sabres general manager, Tim Murray, traded away a first round pick to get
The Buffalo Sabres have signed Robin Lehner to a one year deal for an unconfirmed $4 million AAV and avoided an arbitration hearing scheduled for this week. This deal is another smart move by new GM Jason Botterill. The key is that, remarkably, Lehner will still be an RFA when his contract expires. Lehner will become
The clock is ticking for Jason Botterill. Over the next few weeks, the new general manager of the Buffalo Sabres needs to hire an entire coaching staff, figure out who to select with the eighth-overall pick in the upcoming draft and, just as important, determine which member of the team will be sent packing to
On Wednesday, Notre Dame goaltender and 2013 fifth-round Buffalo Sabres draft pick Cal Petersen announced he will leave school to turn pro. The decision gives the Sabres and new GM Jason Botterill 30 days to sign Petersen before he becomes an unrestricted free agent, a la Jimmy Vesey. Cal Petersen (Notre Dame Athletics) Starting Friday, June 30,
Last week, I suggested that new Buffalo Sabres general manager Jason Botterill absolutely should consider finding out what it would cost to acquire backup goaltender Philipp Grubauer from the Washington Capitals. My reasoning was simple (at least in my mind): Grubauer will be the best player left unprotected by the Capitals when the expansion draft