With his salary arbitration hearing set to take place on Monday, the Buffalo Sabres and goalie Linus Ullmark avoid the hearing by signing a one-year contract on Sunday worth $2.6 million.
This was the second consecutive year that Ullmark filed for salary arbitration as a restricted free agent. The 27-year-old made it to arbitration last offseason, but ended up coming to terms on a one-year contract with the Sabres before the arbiter handed out his official award.
The Swedish netminder firmly cemented himself as the No. 1 goalie in Buffalo as the 2019-20 season rolled along, putting up a 17-14-3 record with a 2.69 goals-against average and a .915 save percentage. Ullmark could have been helpful in a potential playoff push later in the season, but a lower-body injury forced Ullmark to miss nearly six weeks of action.
Ullmark will likely head into the 2020-21 season as the No. 1 goaltender for the Sabres with the backup still to be determined between Carter Hutton and another possible option outside of the organization.
In 97 career NHL games played with the Sabres, Ullmark has started 92 of those games, posting a 41-41-10 record, a 2.81 goals-against average, a .911 save percentage and three shutouts.
If Ullmark had taken his qualifying offer this offseason, it would have seen him earning the same amount of money that he was paid this past season at $1.325 million.
According to CapFriendly.com, the Sabres now have a projected cap space of more than $6.545 million heading into the 2020-21 season.
Sam Reinhart was set to have his arbitration hearing on Tuesday with a league arbiter, but he settled on a one-year, $5.2 million deal earlier on Sunday.
Sabres winger Victor Olofsson now remains the only restricted free agent left to be signed this offseason, as he is scheduled to have his hearing on Wednesday, Nov. 4.