Sabres, Linus Ullmark $2.3 million apart before arbitration hearing

An independent arbitrator will need to close the significant gap between Linus Ullmark’s salary request and how the Buffalo Sabres valued the 27-year-old goalie following his second full season in the NHL.

According to Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman, Ullmark and the Sabres submitted arbitration figures of $4.1 million and $1.8 million, respectively, ahead of their hearing Monday. An arbitrator typically splits the difference, which would result in Ullmark receiving a salary of around $3 million for the 2020-21 season.

The Sabres and Ullmark also have the option to finalize a contract prior to the hearing.

Ullmark, a restricted free agent, appeared in 34 games with the Sabres last season, compiling a .915 save percentage and 2.69 goals-against average. Among goalies to appear in at least 30 games last season, Ullmark’s .930 save percentage at 5 on 5 ranked fifth in the NHL.