By Brandon J. Koch
With the Buffalo Sabres not qualifying Robin Lehner, it’s time for Jason Botterill to find a goalie to split time with Linus Ullmark.
Who is out there that Buffalo might target you may ask? Here’s some that makes sense:
Carter Hutton: The only goaltender so far that’s linked to the Sabres. Elliotte Friedman said the Sabres are all in, with as many as 6 teams interested in his services. Hutton went 17-7-3 with a 2.09 goals against and a .931 save percentage. Fits Buffalo perfectly. He will hopefully come with a low cap hit, and the ability to win the job or split time.
Petr Mrazek: Not sure how I would feel about a potentially higher cap hit than he had last year at $4.15 million. You simply don’t pay a goalie that much in the state the Sabres are in. 14-13-4 with a 3.03 goals against and a .902 save percentage.
Anton Khudobin: Maybe the second best option behind Hutton. Certainly he played on a great Boston team, but he played well when called upon. He shouldn’t be more than $2 million against the cap.
Jonathan Bernier: Interesting option, but he would probably be the last tier of goalies for Botterill if all fails. Can’t see the Sabres looking at Bernier as a potential starter or splitting time with Ullmark.