Robin Lehner's six-to-10-week injury absence quickly produced a few phone calls from fellow general managers, but Tim Murray isn’t interested at this point in dealing for a goalie.
"No we’re not, we’re giving Chad Johnson a chance to play," the Sabres GM said Tuesday.
Nathan Lieuwen was called up to back up Johnson.
"We also have high hopes for [Linus] Ullmark," said Murray. "He’s 22 years old, he’s not a kid. He was goalie of the year in Sweden two years ago. The only problem with him is that he hasn’t played in North America."
So his AHL apprenticeship now is to give Ullmark a chance to adjust to the North American pro game.
But between Johnson, Lieuwen and Ullmark -- who may very well get called up at some point and Lieuwen sent back down -- the Sabres feel they’re OK for the time being.
"To me, trading for a goalie and not using who we have here first would be crazy," said Murray.
"Now, Lieuwen is coming off a concussion, he’s healthy now and Ullmark had hip surgery, but he’s healthy now. There are some questions, no doubt about it, but we should answer those questions before we go outside the organization."
While Murray says he doesn’t want to deal for a goalie at this point, I’ve been around long enough to know things can change. If the three guys he has on hand don’t do the job over the next month and Lehner’s recovery is slow, then perhaps Murray changes his tune.
Scrivens was placed on waivers by the Oilers before the season, so it should come as no surprise GM Peter Chiarelli also sent a memo to the 29 other teams reminding them he’s available for trade. But so far, there have been no takers.
As for the Sabres, if they’re going to make a trade, a defenseman is a top need, and in a perfect world, a top-four defenseman is what they covet. Easier said than done, of course, and it doesn’t sound like anything is imminent on that front.