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Sabres 30 Watch - Part 5: Goalies

I've taken the liberty of reviewing 30 players -- free agents and others possibly available to acquire via trade -- for Sabres fans to watch this offseason.

Some of them are on the list because I think they'd be a good fit in Buffalo, and others made it simply due to insider reports and the latest buzz from the hockey world.

In Parts 1, 2,3 and 4 we went over defensemen. left-wingers, right-wingers and centers.

Today, in our final segment, let's take a look at goalies.

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You have until 12:00 noon today to enter our Sabres draft contest - Win a $20 gift card and a shirt from Amherst Pizza & Ale House! Just pick the second player (Eichel will most certainly be the first) whom the Sabres will select in tonight's draft!

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(name, age, status or cap hit/term)

Cam Talbot, 27, $1.45M through 2015-16

Some great numbers with the Rangers, but how much of that is a result of the defense in front of him? The Oilers and Sabres are believed to be frontrunners in acquiring him. I dislike the idea of giving up pick #21 or 31 as part of a package to get any of the current available goaltenders. There are plenty of capable ones available and it's not necessary to overpay.

Martin Jones, 25, RFA

There was some talk that the Kings were close to signing him, but now there are conflicting reports that he could be traded. In a small sample size of 34 career NHL games, he has a 1.99 GAA, .923 save percentage and 7 shutouts. Definitely worth a look if you can get him signed to a contract.

Eddie Lack, 27 $1.15M through 2015-16 *** EDITORS CHOICE ***

What makes Lack a more interesting choice than Talbot and Jones is that he had a strong save percentage of .921 this season on a team not as strong defensively as the Rangers or Kings. He's so much of a fan favorite in Vancouver that there is a 1500 signature petition circulating demanding that the Canucks keep him. Sabres fans would love him for his ability and his character, and it would take less to get him than Talbot.

Robin Lehner, 23, $2.225M through 2016-17

Lehner has been linked to Buffalo and Tim Murray for awhile, but it might be best to think of him as a last resort. His numbers the past two seasons (3.06 GAA & .913 save percentage, 3.02 & .905) have been underwhelming to say the least. The argument for him would be that he's so young for a goalie and could turn things around.

Jhonas Enroth, 26, Michal Neuvirth, 27, Anders Lindback, 27, UFA

Remember when Sabres fans wanted these guys gone because they were playing so well? What fun it would be to actually enjoy their strong play! Murray will likely land one of the other goalies on the list, but who knows -- he could always try bringing one of these three back to challenge Chad Johnson for the backup spot.

Lack or Jones would likely cost less to acquire than Talbot. We'll give the edge to Lack based in large part due to his record of playing well without a strong defensive team in front of him.

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Dave Davis has covered the Buffalo Sabres for various NHL accredited websites and newspapers since 2003.  He was the senior writer and Sabres correspondent for The Fourth Period, covered hockey for Western New York Sports and Leisure Magazine, and has had articles featured on NHL.com, FOX Sports, Yahoo Sports and in New York Sportscene.  Sabres news and notes can be found on his Twitter page.

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