Buffalo Sabres goaltender Robin Lehner has agreed to a one-year contract worth $4 million, the Sabres announced on Thursday.
Lehner was one of three players to file for arbitration. Last season he made $3.15 million, which equals the qualifying offer submitted by the Sabres last month. There are 25 goalies scheduled to make at least $4 million next season, including 16 who will earn at least $5 million.
Lehner set new career highs in the 2016-17 season in games played (59), wins (23) and shutouts (two). He ranked third in the NHL with 1,758 saves and turning in the ninth-best save percentage (.920) ever recorded by a Sabres goaltender with at least 40 appearances in a season. His .921 save percentage through two seasons with the Sabres ranks sixth among all NHL goaltenders with at least 50 games played during that span.
Since being selected by the Ottawa Senators in the second round (46th overall) of the 2009 NHL Draft, the Gothenburg, Sweden native has appeared in 166 career NHL games. In his seven NHL seasons with the Sabres and Senators, Lehner has logged a 58-71-26 record with a .918 save percentage and a 2.76 goals-against average.
Lehner has suffered from injury trouble, including a concussion while playing with the Senators that kept him off the ice for nearly a season and a high ankle sprain that sidelined him at the start of his Sabres tenure.
Ever outspoken, he made waves in November when he sported a Trump sticker on his mask, though he never wore it during game action.