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SABRES SIGN LEHNER TO ONE-YEAR CONTRACT

BUFFALO, N.Y. (July 25, 2017) — The Buffalo Sabres today announced the team has signed goaltender Robin Lehner to a one-year contract worth $4 million.

Lehner (6’4”, 239 lbs., 7/24/1991) set new career highs in games played (59), wins (23) and shutouts (2) in 2017-18, while also ranking third in the league with 1,758 saves and turning in the ninth-best save percentage (.920) ever recorded by a Sabres goaltender with at least 40 appearances in a season. His .921 save percentage through two seasons with the Sabres ranks sixth among all NHL goaltenders with at least 50 games played during that span.

Since being selected by the Ottawa Senators in the second round (46th overall) of the 2009 NHL Draft, the Gothenburg, Sweden native has appeared in 166 career NHL games. In his seven NHL seasons with the Sabres and Senators, Lehner has logged a 58-71-26 record with a .918 save percentage and a 2.76 goals-against average.

SABRES ADD CHRIS HAJT TO COACHING STAFF

BUFFALO, N.Y. (July 17, 2017) — The Buffalo Sabres today announced the team has hired Chris Hajt to serve as one of the club’s assistant coaches.

Hajt spent the last three seasons as an assistant coach for the Los Angeles Kings’ AHL affiliate, where he helped guide the Manchester Monarchs to a Calder Cup Championship after the 2014-15 season. The team also made the playoffs in each of the last two seasons as the Ontario Reign, including a division title in 2015-16.

The Saskatoon, Saskatchewan native and son of Sabres alumnus Bill Hajt also served as an assistant coach for the Guelph Storm (OHL) from 2008 to 2014. During his time in Guelph, the team made the playoffs in all six of his seasons and won an OHL championship in 2014. A former defenseman, Hajt played six NHL games for the Edmonton Oilers and Washington Capitals, adding 91 points (20+71) in 477 career AHL contests.

The team also announced that assistant coach Tom Ward will return for the 2017-18 season.

THIRD ANNUAL PROSPECTS CHALLENGE SET FOR SEPT. 8-11

BUFFALO, N.Y. (July 13, 2017) — The Buffalo Sabres today announced the team will again host the Prospects Challenge from September 8 to 11 at HarborCenter.                                             

The Boston Bruins and New Jersey Devils will be joined by the Pittsburgh Penguins to compete with the Sabres in the round-robin challenge featuring prospects from each team. The participating teams will each play three games during the course of the event, which will be held entirely at HarborCenter.

Tickets for the games are $10 and will go on sale on Aug. 7 at 10 a.m. Tickets can be purchased in person at the KeyBank Center Box Office, by phone at 1-888-223-6000 or online at Sabres.com.

A full game schedule for the Prospects Challenge is below:

Friday, Sept. 8

  • Pittsburgh vs. Boston, 3:30 p.m.
  • Buffalo vs. New Jersey, 7 p.m.

 Saturday, Sept. 9

  • New Jersey vs. Pittsburgh, 3:30 p.m.
  • Buffalo vs. Boston, 7 p.m.

 Monday, Sept. 11

  • Boston vs. New Jersey, 12 p.m.
  • Buffalo vs. Pittsburgh, 7 p.m.

SABRES HIRE DIRECTOR OF AMATEUR SCOUTING

BUFFALO, N.Y. (July 9, 2017) — The Buffalo Sabres today announced the team has hired Ryan Jankowski to serve as the club’s director of amateur scouting. The team also announced that Jeff Crisp has been promoted to assistant director of amateur scouting.

Jankowski joins the Sabres after spending the last four seasons in various roles with Hockey Canada. Hired by the organization in June 2013 as head scout, Jankowski was later promoted to director of player personnel. In this role, he was responsible for overseeing all player evaluation and selection for Canada’s national junior team, as well as the country’s under-18 and under-17 programs. In addition to his scouting duties at all levels, Jankowski’s time with Hockey Canada included managerial duties with Canada’s under-18 team.

Before his stint with Hockey Canada, Jankowski compiled 10 years of experience in NHL front offices, including three seasons as an amateur scout for the Montreal Canadiens (2010-11 to 2012-13) and four as assistant general manager during a seven-year stretch with the New York Islanders (2003-04 to 2009-10). With the Islanders, the Calgary, Alberta native was part of the staff responsible for the team’s drafts, including the selection of current Sabres forward Kyle Okposo in 2006.

Crisp will transition into his new role after spending the 2016-17 season as the Sabres’ head amateur scout. Prior to joining the Sabres, Crisp logged 17 seasons of experience in NHL scouting departments, including four seasons with the Calgary Flames and 13 seasons with the Anaheim Ducks.

SABRES, LARSSON AGREE TO TWO-YEAR CONTRACT

BUFFALO, N.Y. (July 8, 2017) — The Buffalo Sabres today announced the team has signed forward Johan Larsson to a two-year contract with an average annual value (AAV) of $1.475 million.

Larsson (5’11”, 200 lbs., 7/25/1992) posted 11 points (6+5) and 20 penalty minutes in 36 games last season before sustaining a wrist injury that caused him to miss the team’s final 46 contests. During his five-year NHL career, Larsson has recorded 48 points (22+26) in 178 games, including seven career game-winning goals.

A native of Lau, Sweden, Larsson helped capture a gold medal at the 2012 IIHF World Junior Championship after registering six assists in six games for Team Sweden.