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Ex-Sabres goalie Lieuwen signs with Avs’ AHL team


Nathan Lieuwen’s time with Sabres is up.

Lieuwen, a 2011 draft pick who debuted for Buffalo in ’13-14, has signed an AHL deal with the San Antonio Rampage, the minor league affiliate of the Colorado Avalanche.

Lieuwen, 24, has been bit the injury bug over the last few seasons, missing extensive time to concussions. When healthy, he posted some good numbers — including that aforementioned ’13-14 campaign, when he played seven NHL games and had a .922 save percentage with AHL Rochester — but wasn’t tendered a qualifying offer by Buffalo GM Tim Murray at the end of this season, making him an unrestricted free agent.

Yesterday, Murray inked goalie prospect Jason Kasdorf to a two-year deal, which all but suggested Lieuwen was on his way out. Kasdorf projects to be No. 4 on a depth chart that starts with Robin Lehner, and will (presumably) see Linus Ullmark and Anders Nilsson battle it out for second and third spots.

Lieuwen could be in line for a more prominent role in Colorado. Semyon Varlamov and Calvin Pickard are entrenched at the NHL level, but the situation behind them is a bit unclear, with the likes of ex-Bruins farmhand Jeremy Smith and ’13 draftee Spencer Martin in the mix.

On that note, the Rampage also brought in goalie Kent Simpson on a one-year deal on Monday.

Sabres goalie Makarov signs in KHL

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Andrey Makarov, Buffalo’s pending RFA netminder, has signed a two-year deal in the KHL with Spartak Moscow, the league announced on Monday.

Makarov, 23, has appeared in one career game for the Sabres, spending the majority of his pro career with the club’s AHL affiliate in Rochester.

That lone NHL appearance came in ’14-15. Makarov spent all of last year in the minors and appeared in 22 games for the Amerks, going 9-9-2 with a 2.82 GAA and .916 save percentage.

His departure comes after he was passed by Swedish ‘tender Linus Ullmark on the club’s depth chart — Ullmark, 22, got the call up to Buffalo last year in the wake of Robin Lehner‘s early season injury, and proceeded to appear in 20 games.

Jason Kasdorf, a prospect signed out of R.P.I., also got a game at the NHL level last year. The Sabres also have 2011 draftee Nathan Lieuwen in the mix as far as goalie prospects go, which could have essentially squeezed Makarov out.

Goalie nods: Holtby gets another shot at wins record

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Some of Saturday’s contests are already well underway, but with every team set to play today, there will be a lot of action tonight as well.

Even with almost every team set to play in its season finale, it’s goaltender Braden Holtby that might have the night that will be remembered the longest. He’ll start for the Capitals and while Washington has already secured the Presidents’ Trophy, Holtby is fighting to tie Martin Brodeur’s single season wins record, which stands at 48.

This is Holtby’s third attempt to make history and while Washington will also play on Sunday, this could very well be his last start of the regular season. It’s appropriate then that the Capitals are in St. Louis where Brodeur now serves as an assistant general manager. St. Louis will counter with netminder Brian Elliott.


Andrei Vasilevskiy will play against Mike Condon as the Tampa Bay Lightning take on the Montreal Canadiens.

— Carolina will start Eddie Lack tonight while Florida will counter with Roberto Luongo.

Garret Sparks will play between the pipes for the Maple Leafs against Cory Schneider and the New Jersey Devils.

— Chicago’s Corey Crawford (upper body) will get his first start in nearly a month. Columbus’ goaltender hasn’t been confirmed, but it will probably be Sergei Bobrovsky.

— The Flames will give Niklas Backstrom the opportunity to finish the season with a start against his former team, the Wild. Minnesota will use Devan Dubnyk.

— Christopher Gibson will get the nod for the Islanders. We don’t know who Buffalo will use, but after Jason Kasdorf made his NHL debut on Friday, a reasonable guess is Chad Johnson.

— Nashville will send out Carter Hutton tonight. Dallas will likely start Antti Niemi.

Cam Talbot and Jacob Markstrom will start for Edmonton and Vancouver respectively.

Jonathan Quick is expected to get the nod for Los Angeles, but we don’t know who Winnipeg will start.

— Arizona’s starting goaltender also hasn’t been revealed yet, but Martin Jones will play between the pipes for the Sharks.

Goalie nods: Kasdorf to make NHL debut for Sabres


Only one game in the NHL tonight, and it’s not exactly a big one.

Except, of course, if you’re Sabres goalie Jason Kasdorf, who will make his NHL debut tonight against Columbus.

Kasdorf was drafted by the Winnipeg Jets in 2011. A few years later, he was sent to Buffalo as part of the Evander Kane trade. Earlier this month, after finishing his fourth season at RPI, he signed his entry-level contract.

“I’ll definitely be nervous but I kinda like the feeling of being nervous going into games so I’m feeling pretty good,” Kasdorf told the Buffalo News.

Another rookie, Joonas Korpisalo, will be in goal for the Blue Jackets.

Related: Lehner has ankle surgery, done for season