Its been interesting to watch Robin Lehner play these last few years. Lehner was originally drafted 46th overall by the Senators in 2009. He played there for about 5 seasons between the NHL and AHL Clubs. He was then traded to Buffalo in exchange for their first round pick in the 2015 draft. They used that pick in Ottawa to select Colin White 21st overall.
The Sabers could not get Lehner to sign, and let him fall into free agency. He signed a one year contract with the New York Islanders in 2018 for $1.5 million. He was the first Islanders goalie to post a shutout in their first game in a Islanders uniform. In 2019 he won both William M. Jennings Trophy and the Bill Mastertron Memorial Trophy, he was also a Vezina finalist. One hell of a year for the net minder. Lehner was in negotiations to resign with the Islanders, but the left him at the table signing Semyon Varlamov instead.
He then went on to sign a one year contract with the Blackhawks worth $5 million. At the deadline he was part of a three team trade including Chicago, Vegas, and Toronto. Lehner went to Vegas for Malcom Subban and a 2020 2nd round pick, and Slava Demin. He was originally dealt to Toronto, who dealt him to Vegas for a fifth round pick.
In hist three games with Vegas, which were his only of the season, he went undefeated. He played 180 minutes and only had 5 goals against for a GAA of 1.90 and a .940 save percentage.
Lehner is a real interesting guy. Like most Swedish hockey players from what I have seen, he is a melodic death metal fan. The taste is music has influenced his masks. In the past few months he said he regretted his support of Donald Trump, and even knelt with his fellow players during a national anthem in August. Lehner is also vocal about mental health problems He was diagnosed with bipolar disorder, ADHD, and PTSD. He also struggled with alcohol and drug addictions, before seeking help and getting sober in the 2018 off season.
Apparently according to Golden Knights insider Jesse Granger, Lehner has agreed to play for the Golden Knights long term. He has apparently agreed to a five year $5 million per season contract. He will be making $2 million less then Marc Andre Fluery.
I really don’t think that Vegas wants $12 million wrapped in the net but, it doesn’t seem like MAF is going to be sticking around much longer.