Jason Botterill was hired as the new general manager of the Swords last Thursday, succeeding Tim Murray, who failed to get the team into the playoffs during his tenure from 2014-17. "I have no problem starting next season with him in goal," Botterill said to Sportsnet. "There are more pressing needs. I liked what I saw from him when he won the Calder Cup." Lehner, a pending restricted free agent, posted an underwhelming 23-26-8 record to go along with a 2.68 GAA, .920 save percentage and a pair of shutouts this season. You would have to go back to the 2012-13 campaign to see when Lehner last had a winning record -- he went 5-3-4 as a rarely used goalie for the Senators.
Lehner allowed three goals on 37 shots in Saturday's 3-0 loss against the Panthers.
Lehner did a pretty decent job, but the Sabres offense was unable to solve James Reimer. The Swedish netminder entered the season with 35 wins over parts of six NHL campaigns, but he posted 23 victories in his first full year as a starter.
Lehner will be in net Saturday against the Panthers, Mike Harrington of the Buffalo Guild reports.
Lehner's first two starts of April didn't go as planned, letting up a combined six goals in 63:30 of ice time. He bounced back Wednesday against Montreal though, deflecting 31 of the 32 shots he faced. Buffalo plays Sunday as well, but this is expected to be Lehner's last start of the season with Anders Nilsson starting tomorrow. The 25-year-old netminder has long-term potential and is one to keep an eye on for seasons to come.
Lehner saved 31 of 32 shots during Wednesday's win over Montreal.
After allowing three goals on five shots and being run from the crease Monday, Lehner righted the ship with a solid outing Monday. With Buffalo in the midst of a rebuild, there have been plenty of peaks and valleys this season for the netminder, but as the team's talented core ages, Lehner's fantasy prospects will improve. He's posted an impressive .921 save percentage through 79 games over the past two seasons with the Sabres, so the 25-year-old backstop has long-term upside, and this could prove to be an opportune time to buy low in keeper/dynasty settings.
Lehner will defend the cage against the Canadiens on Wednesday.
Lehner gets back into the net after giving up three goals on just five shots in his last outing before getting the hook. The 25-year-old has posted a 22-25-8 record with a 2.70 GAA this season, and while all the Sabres' woes can't be laid at the feet of the netminder, he will have to be better if Buffalo is going to push for a playoff spot in 2017-18.