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Sabres won't tender starting G Lehner

(AP Photo/Jeffrey T. Barnes)

DALLAS (AP) Goalie Robin Lehner will become an unrestricted free agent after Buffalo Sabres general manager Jason Botterill says the team will not extend a qualifying offer to retain the rights of their third-year starter.

Botterill calls it a "difficult decision" in saying the team has informed Lehner he's not coming back. He spoke to reporters Friday in Dallas, hours before the Sabres open the NHL draft with the No. 1 pick.

The Sabres had the option to retain Lehner by extending him a contract offer valued at about $4 million.

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