The Ottawa Senators have traded goaltender Robin Lehner and center David Legwand to the Buffalo Sabres for the 21st overall pick in the 2015 NHL Draft.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Sabres land a promising young goalie, albeit one with an injury history, in the 23-year-old Lehner. Sabres GM Tim Murray worked in the Senators organization under his uncle, Sens GM Bryan Murray, for years, so he’s aware of Lehner’s strengths and weaknesses. If Lehner reaches his full potential and can stay healthy, he could turn into a quality starter for the Sabres.
Props to Bryan Murray, who already had a great start leading up to this draft by re-signing Mark Stone and Mika Zibanejad to affordable deals. He sheds Lehner’s $2.25 million plus Legwand’s $3 million, freeing up over $5 million in valuable cap space to put toward other signings or additions. And he gets a first-round pick in what’s considered a deep draft.
That begs the question: did the senior Murray school the younger? Or did the younger do the senior a favor?