Sabres Trade 21st Pick to Ottawa for Lehner and Legwand

Sabres acquired their new franchise goalie this morning, Robin Lehner Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports
Sabres acquired their new franchise goalie this morning, Robin Lehner
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The first trade of NHL Draft Day is in the books early.  The Buffalo Sabres acquired their new number one goaltender, Robin Lehner as well as 34 year old Center David Legwand from the Ottawa Senators in exchange for the 21st overall pick in the draft, which Buffalo received in the Thomas Vanek deal with the New York Islanders two years ago.

This is a typical trade for what we as Sabres fans have seen from Tim Murray thus far.  It's a move that you didn't really see or hear much about until it happened.  It's kind of risky when you think about it, but it can work out really well if everything goes according to plan.  Listening to Murray for almost two years now, I fully believe that the man always has a plan.

Robin Lehner is young and talented, yet unproven and not yet done honing his skills.  His save percentages have never been under .905 however when he's played more games in the NHL, his numbers have dipped from .935 to that .905 mark.  His save percentages have steadily increased in the past four years.  Perhaps he just did not like the backup role and was not used to playing only here or there throughout the season.  Hopefully he can work out the issues that he has in his game and become the reliable starter the Sabres need.  The problem is he has not proven that he can do that yet.

As for David Legwand, the Sabres will probably try to flip him, however, his $3.4 million contract will be difficult to move.  The Sabres had no need for him.  He is a center and with Eichel, Reinhart, Girgensons, and Larsson, Legwand does not seem to have a spot in the top four centers of the Sabres.  

Knowing Murray, the Sabres will continue to be players in the trading game for the draft tonight.  I think it will be hard to move Legwand considering his contract, but not impossible.  Buffalo will regroup and restrategize and get ready for what looks to be a very busy and franchise changing evening.

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