Linus Ullmark has chosen to leave his gig as the Buffalo Sabres’ starting goalie to join the Boston Bruins as a free agent, according to TSN’s Darren Dreger.
The Swede’s departure is a huge loss for the Sabres, who don’t have a replacement in the organization.
Last season, Ullmark was the Sabres’ backbone and MVP, compiling a 9-6-3 record with a 2.63 goals-against average and a .917 save percentage in 20 games for a last-place team that won just 15 of its 56 contests.
Ullmark, who turns 28 on Saturday, might be the Bruins’ new No. 1 goalie. Tuukka Rask, their top netminder for nearly a decade, recently underwent hip surgery and is unsigned.
Earlier today, the Sabres also lost backup Carter Hutton goalie, who signed a one-year contract with the Arizona Coyotes. So the Sabres must find two goalies.
The Sabres drafted Ullmark in the sixth round in 2012, 163rd overall.
Ullmark arrived in North America in 2015, making his NHL debut after just three appearances with the Rochester Americans. He played 20 NHL games as a rookie in 2015-16.
Still, Ullmark spent most of the next two seasons in Rochester, morphing into one of the AHL’s best goalies.
Ullmark graduated to Buffalo in 2018-19, first serving as Hutton’s backup. But over the last two years, he wrestled the starting job away from Hutton, compiling a 26-20-6 record in 54 games.