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DALLAS -- Robin Lehner's days in Buffalo are over. A move that has been speculated on for several weeks by Western New York media became official Friday, as Sabres General Manager Jason Botterill confirmed a TSN report that the team will not be extending a qualifying offer to its No. 1 goaltender. Lehner, who would have been due $4 million, will thus become an unrest…

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SYRACUSE – Linus Ullmark couldn't wait to get home. It was hard to blame the guy. The goaltender spent two nights digging pucks out of his net. Regardless of whether the goals were his fault – many were not – it still takes a toll. So after Rochester lost, 6-5, to Syracuse on Saturday to fall in a 2-0 hole in their playoff series, Ullmark turned his attention to a 1-…

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It appears the goodbye for Robin Lehner was unlike the rest of his time in Buffalo: quiet. As the buzzer sounded to end the second period March 29, Lehner left the crease and joined the rest of the Sabres on the way to the dressing room. He never came back. His lower-body injury had flared up, and the goaltender didn't make another appearance in the room or at practice.…

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The Buffalo Sabres have two games left. Brendan Guhle, Casey Nelson, Nick Baptiste, Alex Nylander, Kevin Porter and Linus Ullmark have as many as 29 remaining. That's fine by them. After the Sabres close the NHL season Friday in Tampa Bay and Saturday in Florida, the organization will send the aforementioned players back to Rochester. The Amerks have five regular-sea…

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When the Sabres recalled Linus Ullmark in mid-March, the goaltender was set to be a regular in the crease for the remainder of the season. It hasn't worked out that way. Ullmark worked with goaltending coach Andrew Allen prior to Thursday's morning skate, but the injured netminder departed for the dressing room before the session officially started. Ullmark will be scra…

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TORONTO – It was nearing seven weeks and 21 games since Jack Eichel's last goal. It didn't matter if five weeks and 15 games were spent watching. It was simply too long without celebrating. The Buffalo Sabres center made up for lost time Monday. Eichel scored twice against Toronto, including the winner with 10:23 to play to give the Sabres a 3-2 victory. He hadn't sc…

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There will be a need for a daily report on the Buffalo Sabres' goalies the rest of the way simply because there are now three of them on the roster. But injuries prompted coach Phil Housley to lay out his plan for Friday night's visit by Montreal after practice Thursday. Linus Ullmark will get his third start of the season in the game and Robin Lehner, who has sat the l…

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Linus Ullmark returned to the Sabres after two days away. Part of him was still gone. The goaltender and his wife welcomed a baby boy named Harry on Thursday. The arrival of their first child had the 24-year-old out of sorts. "I’ve just been excited about what’s happening on the off side of the ice," Ullmark said Friday. "So for me now coming back, it was a good oppo…

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The Buffalo Sabres may be utilizing a three-headed goalie the rest of the season. Regulars Robin Lehner and Chad Johnson are both fine and practiced fully Tuesday in HarborCenter. But they were joined by Linus Ullmark, who was called up from Rochester with a clear eye to the future. Lehner is a restricted free agent after the season and Johnson is an unrestricted fre…

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In a move that could be with an eye to the future, the Sabres have called up goaltender Linus Ullmark from the Rochester Amerks. There are no injuries to regular goalies Robin Lehner or Chad Johnson, as the trio was the first group of players on the ice today in HarborCenter. "We felt it was a good time to call Linus up," coach Phil Housley said after practice. "He c…

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The way Linus Ullmark sees it, it's better to have the slump now. If a team has wire-to-wire success, it's just setting itself up for failure in the playoffs. Every team needs a regular-season hiccup. The Rochester Americans are having theirs. The Amerks have won just three of their last 15 games, falling to 25-13-14 after holding a 23-8-7 record Jan. 12. Rochester i…

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Just as they lose red-hot Jack Eichel from the lineup, the Buffalo Sabres' offense is finding its stride more than at any point all season. The Sabres put together their third straight four-goal game in Sunday's 5-4 loss to Colorado, a first this season. Until late Monday night, they had even climbed out of their seasonlong spot as the NHL's lowest-scoring team. With…

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The Sabres began their bye week Friday and made their stated intentions official by returning goaltender Linus Ullmark and defenseman Brendan Guhle to Rochester. There is no bye coming for the Amerks, who have three games in the next four days. The stretch opens Friday night in Blue Cross Arena against Binghamton, moves to Syracuse on Saturday and returns home for a Mon…

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It's the last game before the Buffalo Sabres begin their bye week and the team remains desperate for a win. The Sabres are on a four-game losing streak and host the Columbus Blue Jackets Thursdady night at 7 in KeyBank Center. Here's what you need to know to get ready: 1.  The Sabres are looking for passion in their game. Wednesday's practice featured a loud rant fro…

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Linus Ullmark is going to the American Hockey League All-Star Game. The goaltender thinks he should have way more company. Ullmark and left wing C.J. Smith will represent Rochester at the midseason gala later this month. Both have earned their way, but so have others on the impressive Amerks club that has started 22-8-6. "We deserve a lot more people going to the All…