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Robin Lehner Deserves A Long-Term Contract Somewhere

from Ken Campbell of The Hockey News,

The Blackhawks should have a pretty good idea of their playoff chances by the time the trade deadline rolls around Feb. 24. They have a gruelling schedule in February, with all but three of their 14 games away from the United Center. But they’ve actually been a better team on the road than at home this season. Not including tonight’s game, they have 11 more games, eight of them on the road.

So the picture should become a little clearer in the coming weeks. If the Blackhawks are still in playoff contention, there’s no way they even think of trading Lehner. They might not be able to trade him even if they want to make a deal because as enticing as a top-tier goaltender would be for the playoffs, there are precious few teams that are playoff bound that need a goaltender. The Edmonton Oilers, who are getting good, but not great goaltending, are one of those teams. The last time they made a deadline deal to get a goalie was 2006 and it worked out pretty well. They made a deal for Dwayne Roloson, who carried them to the Stanley Cup final and might have won it for them had he not gotten hurt in Game 1 of the final.

Regardless of whether Lehner is dealt by the Blackhawks, it’s impossible to argue that he doesn’t deserve the long-term deal he was seeking from the New York Islanders over the summer. There have been a total of 37 goaltenders in the NHL who have played at least 60 games over the past two seasons and of those goalies, Lehner is second in save percentage to Ben Bishop.

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He definitely does, and I hope it’s not with the Hawks.

I’d love it to be with the Wings, but I can’t see it happening.

Posted by BaromirBragr on 01/22/20 at 12:59 PM ET

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It’s not like Lehner doesn’t have a pedigree or past success either.

He might be hurt by the seeming new trend against big, long-term deals
for any one goalie per team. Some of those deals haven’t aged well and
it’s now more common to lean on a second goalie more.

But unless he wants max term and a crazy salary,
I’d consider him a solid option for a multi-year deal.

Posted by lefty.30 on 01/22/20 at 01:28 PM ET

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