Sabres' Lehner said the report that he asked for a trade is false

February 27, 2018

Buffalo, NY (WGR 550) - On Monday, there was report making the rounds from an irresponsible blogger that Robin Lehner had asked to be traded. Lehner has been pretty consistent in his desire to be part of the solution in Buffalo. The Sabres goaltender said, “No that was fake news. It’s funny how that works, some blogger puts something out, I don’t even know who he is and people seem to jump on it.

“A bunch of serious Swedish web sites quoted that one and it’s hilarious. This day and age you don’t have to put a source on it, so it’s not true and I’m happy I’m still a Sabre.”

There were rumors out there that Lehner could be traded before Monday’s trade deadline. Lehner is glad he wasn’t, “Yes 100 percent, I have no reason to not to want to be here. I’ve learned to really like it here and we’ll see what happens.

“Obviously some things have got to happen and we all understand that, but I have no reason to want to get out of here.”

Once the season ends, Jason Botterill is going to have to make a decision on if he wants to keep Lehner or go with Linus Ullmark. It is possible he could have both of them in Buffalo. Lehner said, “I’m not worried about my future, I know I’m a good goalie and at the end of the day you’ve got kids and stuff so you kind of want to know, but I haven’t gotten any indications from anyone that I’m being moved, so whatever happens, happens.”

Botterill has no allegiance to Ryan O’Reilly as he didn’t trade for him and he didn’t sign him. Teams inquired about O’Reilly leading up to the deadline, and he knows when the offseason rolls around, he could be moved, “It’s very likely, but it’s out of my control. I want to be here, but it is a business and when things don’t work, adjustments are made, but personally, I want to be part of it, I want to be part of the solution.”

There have been many times in the past few years where O’Reilly has been embarrassed by his play and the teams play. He said if he and others are going to stay in Buffalo, they have to show they want to be here, “We have to prove to this organization and this city that we can change things here. I want to be a part of it.”

Jack Eichel sat and watched practice with Zach Bogosian. After practice, Eichel grabbed a stick and gloves and did some off-ice work with rehab coach Dennis Miller. Eichel looked to be walking OK.

Kyle Okposo’s wife went into labor so he was not at practice on Tuesday. Seth Griffith comes up from Rochester to take his place. In 18 games with the Sabres, Griffith has two goals and an assist. In 36 games with Rochester, the winger netted 13 goals and 21 assists for 34 points.