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Sabres’ Prospect Cal Petersen Going To Free Agency

Buffalo Sabres General Manager announced Friday morning that Cal Petersen, who had been playing in the NCAA at the University of Notre Dame, will not sign with the Sabres but will test free agency instead.

Petersen, 22, was a fifth round draft pick by the Sabres in 2013.

Petersen announced his intention to turn pro after his junior season in May but when the Sabres elected to re-sign Linus Ullmark to a one-way contract, and protect Robin Lehner in the expansion draft, it became clear that there would be no room for him in Buffalo in the near future.

There are a number of potential landing spots for Petersen.

The Los Angeles Kings are looking for depth in goal and are considered a strong possibility for Petersen, who put up very good numbers during three seasons in the Hockey East conference. In 110 games, he posted a .924 save percentage and was named a finalist for the Mike Richter Award as the best collegiate goaltender in 2017. (The Iowa native also penned a pretty good story about life as a goalie, the road to, and life as a goalie at, Notre Dame on the Player’s Tribune back in March).

The Dallas Stars are another team in need of depth, and Petersen has connections with former Stars goaltending director Mike Valley, having worked at his Elite Goalies mentorship camps in the past. With Valley leaving the franchise, however, it’s possible that Petersen will look elsewhere.

The move means that the Sabres, who appear destined to lose last year’s backup, Anders Nilsson, to free agency, might be looking for another minor-league goaltender to round out their depth chart. After Lehner and Ullmark, the team has Jason Kasdorf and Jonas Johansson under contract.

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Clare Austin

Clare Austin is a reluctant "stats nerd" living in Nashville, where she has never worn a cowboy hat or boots.