Robin Lehner is a big goalie, and barring possible language barrier issues, sure seems to have a pretty big personality. That at least seems to be the case with the Buffalo Sabres’ top guy, who provided the Buffalo News’ John Vogl with a great quote: “There’s a lot of pressure on me, and that’s fine. … I know I’m a good goaltender,” Lehner said. Hey now. As much as the Sabres feel like a work in progress, acquiring Lehner was one of GM Tim Murray’s boldest moves. Murray was able to observe Lehner in Ottawa, and despite some struggles, the big Swede (6-foot-5, 240 lbs.) was sneaky-good in 2015-16. Twenty-one games serves as a limited sample size, yet a .924 save percentage seems quite promising.
This summer was a long one for the New Jersey Devils, with no postseason participation, again, and like his teammates, Travis Zajac is eager to get the new season started as the team looks to end their playoff drought. In 2011-12 the Devils were two wins away from their fourth Stanley Cup and – for a myriad of reasons – they haven’t been back to the playoffs since then. “It was relaxing a bit. I really tried to relax a little bit,” Zajac told The Hockey Writers with a grin before getting serious. “I worked on some things this offseason and tried to be prepared for the new year.” He spent most of the summer months in his hometown of Winnipeg saying while smiling, “(I was) back home in Winnipeg,
Both Konecny and Provorov will be with the Flyers' split squad in New Jersey. Carter Hart and Mark Dekanich will be the goalies with Konecny and Provorov in New Jersey, while Anthony Stolarz and Martin Ouellette will goaltend in Brooklyn.