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Sabres trade No. 21 overall pick to Senators for Lehner, Legwand

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. – After testing the trade market for every goalie available, Sabres General Manager Tim Murray decided Friday to go with one he knows.

Buffalo has acquired goalie Robin Lehner and forward David Legwand from Ottawa in exchange for the No. 21 overall pick in the NHL Draft.

Murray was part of the Senators’ draft team when they selected Lehner with the 46th pick in 2009. The 23-year-old has appeared in 86 games with a 30-36-13 record and .914 save percentage. He was limited to just 25 games this season because of a concussion and the emergence of Andrew Hammond. Lehner went 9-12-3 with a .905 save percentage.

The native of Gothenburg, Sweden, will start the second season of a three-year, $6.675 million contract. The 6-foot-5, 225-pounder will be a restricted free agent when it expires.

Lehner was the MVP of the American Hockey League playoffs in 2011 when he led the Sens’ minor-leaguers to the Calder Cup. He went 14-4 with three shutouts and a .939 save percentage.

The Senators desperately wanted to dump Legwand’s salary from their books. He’ll be 35 years old next season and in the final year of a two-year, $6 million contract. His actual salary will be $3.5 million.

Legwand played in 80 games for the Sens, recording nine goals and 18 assists. Drafted second overall by Nashville in 1998, Legwand has 223 goals and 604 points in 1,057 games.

The Sabres still have the second overall pick in the Draft and will select Jack Eichel. They also have two picks in the second round, Nos. 31 and 51.

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