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Sabres won't tender starting G Lehner

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DALLAS (AP) Goalie Robin Lehner will become an unrestricted free agent after Buffalo Sabres general manager Jason Botterill says the team will not extend a qualifying offer to retain the rights of their third-year starter.

Botterill calls it a "difficult decision" in saying the team has informed Lehner he's not coming back. He spoke to reporters Friday in Dallas, hours before the Sabres open the NHL draft with the No. 1 pick.

The Sabres had the option to retain Lehner by extending him a contract offer valued at about $4 million.


Islanders hire Cup-winning coach Trotz

DALLAS (AP) When Barry Trotz left the Washington Capitals fresh off winning the Stanley Cup, the New York Islanders couldn't move fast enough to talk to him.

Minutes after word circulated that Trotz resigned from the Capitals, Islanders president of hockey operations Lou Lamoriello got in touch. On Thursday, the Islanders hired Trotz and hope to benefit from the first Stanley Cup-winning coach leaving his team in a contract dispute in 24 years.


Draft action set to begin with Habs at 3

DALLAS (AP) The Montreal Canadiens could make the first real move in the NHL draft with the third overall pick.

If everything goes as expected in Big D on Friday night, play-making Swedish defenseman Rasmus Dahlin will be the first overall pick by the Buffalo Sabres. Russian forward Andrei Svechnikov will then go to Carolina.


Trade chatter heats up before draft

DALLAS (AP) A year after shaking up his team with trades at the draft that altered the landscape of the NHL, Stan Bowman isn't letting on that he'll make the same kinds of moves now.

"I learned to never try to predict the future," the Chicago Blackhawks general manager said. "It's difficult to predict the magnitude of changes as we go forward."


Hall edges MacKinnon for Hart Trophy

LAS VEGAS (AP) Taylor Hall doesn't love public speaking, and the New Jersey Devils forward's nervousness grew while the NHL Awards show moved along.

But after Hall and the hockey world watched moving tributes to the Humboldt Broncos and the victims of two mass shootings, he was ready to accept the Hart Trophy with the proper perspective.


4-time finalist Rinne wins first Vezina

LAS VEGAS (AP) The Latest on NHL awards show at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino (all times local):

6:40 p.m.


Tampa's Hedman wins first Norris Trophy

LAS VEGAS (AP) The Latest on NHL awards show at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino (all times local):

5:25 p.m.


Isles' Barzal wins Calder as top rookie

LAS VEGAS (AP) The Latest on NHL awards show at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino (all times local):

5:39 p.m.


Isles add 8 games to Coliseum schedule

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) The New York Islanders have added eight more games to their regular-season schedule at their former home, Nassau Coliseum at NYCB Live in Uniondale, New York.

The Islanders played the last three seasons at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, but it was not a popular move with their fans and the arena is more suited for basketball than hockey. They are building a new arena at Belmont Park, but will split their home games next season between Brooklyn and Uniondale.


Champ Caps host Bruins in Oct. 3 opener

The Washington Capitals will raise their first Stanley Cup banner and open their title defense on Oct. 3 against the Boston Bruins - not the rival Pittsburgh Penguins.

Washington did not face the Bruins during its Cup run but has beaten them 12 consecutive times in regular-season play. The Capitals beat the Columbus Blue Jackets, Penguins, Tampa Bay Lightning and Vegas Golden Knights for the first championship in their 43-season franchise history.

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