With a full year as a starter in the AHL under his belt, it was fair to assume entering the offseason that Linus Ullmark had put himself in a position to assume the backup role in the NHL full-time. Ullmark led all AHL goalies with 3,082:36 of total ice time and was named an All-Star.
Then July 1 came, and the Sabres brought Chad Johnson back on a one-year deal. The move was made not because the team felt Ullmark wasn’t ready to play in the NHL, Jason Botterill said at the time, but rather because they saw more benefit in him playing every game as opposed to sitting as backup to Robin Lehner. Read more at sabres.nhl.com