The Sabres have signed Jack Eichel to a three-year, entry-level contract.
Selected second overall in the 2015 NHL Draft, Eichel joins the organization after a standout season at Boston University (NCAA-Hockey East) in which he became the second freshman – after Paul Kariya in 1993 – ever to earn the Hobey Baker Memorial Award as college hockey’s top player. Eichel led all NCAA players with 71 points (26G / 45A) in 40 games in 2014-15.
The Sabres have acquired David Legwand and Robin Lehner from the Senators for a 2015 1st round pick (21st overall).
Legwand, 34, will head into the final year of his contract in 2015-16. He was a salary dump for the Senators, who signed him-to a two-year, $6 million dollar deal last offseason. The veteran centre posted just nine goals and 18 assists (27 points) in 80 games.
The Sabres acquired Robin Lehner and David Legwand from the Senators for a 2015 1st round pick (21st overall).
Lehner, 23, fell behind Craig Anderson and Andrew Hammond at the end of 2014-15 and with two years left on his deal, the Senators decided to ship him to Buffalo. With the Sabres, Lehner has a shot to be their everyday starter. He was 9-12-3 with a 3.02 GAA and .905 SV% last year and has posted a 2,88 GAA and .914 SV% in 86 career NHL games.
The Flyers have recalled Jason Akeson from Lehigh Valley (AHL).
Akeson, 24, has no points in 12 games with the Flyers this season, but will get into the lineup for the season finale with Vincent Lecavalier out of the lineup with a head injury. Akeson has collected 51 points (22G / 29A) in 53 games at Lehigh Valley.
Makarov will be making his NHL debut tonight. The 21-year-old has gone 15-17-3 with a 2.98 GAA and .902 SV% in 37 games with Rochester (AHL) this season. He is not worth a look in any format given how bad the Sabres are.