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It’s Almost Time To Move On From Lehner

Robin Lehner's 50th game as a Buffalo Sabre couldn't have gone much worse.

His teammates last night were hanging with the offense-laden Toronto Maple Leafs pretty tough, but a weak-as-they-come goal by Matt Martin, of all people, forced open the floodgates.

It would be comforting to say this was close to a first as far as Lehner meltdowns go, but it would also be a lie. An adventure earlier this season in Calgary where he handed the Flames two points and blamed the officials afterwards immediately comes to mind. There have been others.

He has his defenders, and it's not like they don't have an argument. His .920 save percentage seems respectable enough, and there have been frustrating nights where Buffalo's offense, which is admittedly more of a concern for this team than goaltending, left him on an island.

But if you peel back the onion a bit, it's safe to conclude that Lehner has been average at best. And trades where you give up first-round draft picks for average goaltending are what we call bad trades.

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