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Sabres Notebook: Contract updates; Oglevie signed; Swedes coming

Robin Lehner doesn't need surgery. It's yet to be determined whether he'll need a new team.

The Buffalo Sabres goaltender obtained a second opinion on a lower-body injury this week, and it was determined he doesn't need surgery.

"He'll be healthy for next year, which is a great thing," General Manager Jason Botterill said Wednesday.

Lehner had a disappointing season, finishing 14-26-9 with a .908 save percentage and 3.01 goals-against average. He is a restricted free agent who will require a $4 million qualifying offer. If the Sabres elect not to extend one, Lehner will become an unrestricted free agent.

"We're very excited about Linus Ullmark being one of our two goalies next year, and we'll make a decision in the next couple months what will be the other goalie in that situation," Botterill said during his season-ending address in KeyBank Center.

The Sabres' other notable restricted free agent is Sam Reinhart, who tied for the team lead with 25 goals.

"I have not spoken to his agent yet about a contract," Botterill said. "We felt where we were in the standings, it wasn't a situation where we wanted to talk contracts during the year. Craig Oster certainly has quite a few players on our team, and I'll be reaching out to him in the next couple months."

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The only UFA the Sabres appear to have interest in keeping is defenseman Casey Nelson.

"He's an example of what we have to do here in this organization is develop from within," Botterill said. "Our communication with him has been very positive. He's excited about going down to Rochester with the playoffs and help them go on a playoff run.

"I can never say players are going to be 100 percent coming back until we get a contract done, but our communication just with talking about Casey and his development in our organization has been very positive."

Forward Matt Moulson, who was loaned to the Los Angeles Kings' minor-league affiliate in December, has one season left on his five-year, $25 million contract. The Sabres can buy him out in June or keep him.

Moulson has 17 goals and 45 points in 46 minor-league games after no points in 14 games with Buffalo.

"Matt Moulson has been down in Ontario in the American Hockey League," Botterill said. "Their team looks like it's going to be going to the playoffs. It will be a situation where we follow up with Matt in the springtime."

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The Sabres have again dipped their toes into the college free agent pool. Buffalo has signed forward Andrew Oglevie of Notre Dame to a two-year, entry-level contract for the rookie maximum of $925,000 per season.

The 23-year-old just finished his junior year, leading the Fighting Irish with 15 goals and finishing second with 39 points in 36 games. He recorded 21 goals and 41 points in 40 games as a sophomore.

Oglevie will join the Sabres' organization in the fall.

The 5-foot-10, 180-pounder served as an alternate captain for Notre Dame, which lost, 2-1, to Minnesota Duluth in the NCAA title game. The native of Fullerton, Calif., played four years in the United States Hockey League and was a member of the USA Hockey under-19 team for two seasons.

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Two of the Sabres' more intriguing prospects should be in the organization next season. Swedish forwards Rasmus Asplund and Victor Olofsson are expected to make the move to North America.

"Our conversations with them have been very positive," Botterill said. "We feel comfortable that they'll probably be over here in North America next year."

Former GM Tim Murray moved up in the 2016 NHL Draft to get Asplund with the No. 33 overall selection, shipping defenseman Mark Pysyk to Florida in the process. The 20-year-old is a two-way center who had eight goals and 28 points in 50 games with Farjestad of the Swedish Hockey League.

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Olofsson, 22, led the Swedish league with 27 goals in 50 games for Frolunda. Including the playoffs, the winger totaled 30 goals and 47 points in 56 games. Murray and the Sabres took a seventh-round chance on Olofsson in 2014.

Both forwards are training with the Swedish national team in preparation for next month's world championships, Botterill said.

"We're actually hopeful that both of them could be possible players on the world championship team," Botterill said. "Neither of them would be able to come over to Rochester until that situation ends at the world championship there."

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