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The Vegas Golden Knights Have Decisions To Make

03/14/2022 at 9:44pm EDT

from David Schoen of the Las Vegas Review-Journal,

Golden Knights general manager Kelly McCrimmon already faced a dilemma about how to approach the trade deadline.

With the latest injury news Monday, the decision-making process became even more difficult for the front office.

Goaltender Robin Lehner and winger Reilly Smith were placed on injured reserve, according to the NHL media website, and McCrimmon must figure out between now and next Monday’s deadline whether he wants to be a buyer for the reeling club.

The biggest question mark immediately becomes the gaping hole in net without Lehner, who has battled various injuries since December.

Lehner hasn’t played since March 8 when he made 19 stops in a 2-1 loss at Philadelphia. He did not practice the following day in Buffalo and was sent back to Las Vegas for further tests on a lower-body injury, according to coach Pete DeBoer.

Lehner also has been battling an upper-body injury, which Daily Faceoff reported is a torn labrum that will require surgery.

The Knights pinned their Stanley Cup hopes on Lehner after trading fan favorite Marc-Andre Fleury in the offseason, but are left with two untested netminders and must weigh whether to find a temporary No. 1.

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