The Buffalo Sabres have re-signed goaltender Linus Ullmark to a two year contract with an average annual value (AAV) of $750,000. Ullmark, who just finished the last year on his rookie contract, was eligible to become a restricted free agent next month.
As the starter in Rochester last year, Ullmark compiled a 26-27-2 record with a GAA of 2.87 and a .909 save percentage. The 23 year old also has had a successful stint with the Sabres in 2015-16, where he had a 2.60 GAA while splitting time with Chad Johnson.
The signing of Ullmark may be a sign that new General Manager Jason Botterill is not completely sold on Robin Lehner as the Sabres starter and still may be deciding on who to protect in the upcoming expansion draft. Although Botterill will still most likely opt to protecting Lehner in the draft, this may be indicative that he is hoping not to lose Ullmark so that he can challenge Lehner for the starting position in the near future.
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