Report: Bruins showing interest in Linus Ullmark

The Sabres netminder will hit the open market Wednesday afternoon

Buffalo Sabres goaltender Linus Ullmark is scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent on Wednesday, barring a last-minute extension, which the team is reportedly working on getting done.

Should Ullmark reach the open market, on of Buffalo's division rivals are reportedly poking around.

According to Joe McDonald from the Worcester Telegram and Gazette, the Boston Bruins appear to be interested in the services of Ullmark in free agency.

Ullmark does make sense for the Bruins, who have just two rookie goaltenders under contract for the 2021-22 season with Tuukka Rask and Jaroslav Halak set to become unrestricted free agents.

Many have assumed Rask would return to Boston, but with less than 24 hours to go, that has not happened yet.

Ullmark ranks near the top of the league in 5-on-5 save percentage in the last three seasons. His .927 rate is the same as Halak's, and just a tad below Rask's .930 save percentage.

The benefit of signing Ullmark over Rask or Halak is age. Ullmark is seven years younger than Rask and nine years younger than Halak.

Ullmark would give the Bruins the best of both worlds: The talent to perform right away on a contending team, with the age to be the team's long-term starter.

The only goaltender the Sabres have under contract for the 2021-22 season as of now is Dustin Tokarski, who would be best-suited to play in the American Hockey League.

With Ukko-Pekka Luukkonen, Erik Portillo, and Devon Levi all at least a year, if nota few years away from playing in the NHL, the Sabres will be starting completely anew in net, for the short-term, if they cannot sign Ullmark.

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