SABRES

BUF­FALO

The Hockey News - - NHL -

The Sabres have to de­ter­mine which ver­sion of SAM REIN­HART they are go­ing to have mov­ing for­ward. Will it be the one who scored 15 goals and

30 points in his fi­nal 33 games – or the one who posted a pal­try 10 goals and 20 points in his first

49 games? If it’s the for­mer, a long-term deal is in or­der for the RFA. If it’s the lat­ter, the Sabres will want to do a bridge deal to see what he evolves into in a year or two. They face a sim­i­lar de­ci­sion with No.

1 goalie Robin Lehner, who is an RFA with ar­bi­tra­tion rights. If Lehner or the Sabres file for ar­bi­tra­tion, it will force a one-year deal and buy both sides time to work on some­thing long term.

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