On July 1st, the Blackhawks signed goaltender Robin Lehner to a one-year, $5 million dollar contract. This is a good step for the Hawks. Yes, $5 million is a little steep for this BUT consider what the Hawks get in return.
Last season, Lehner led the Islanders to the Jennings’ Trophy, alongside Thomas Greiss. The 27-year-old played in 46 games and had a record of 25-13-5, with a .930 save percentage and 2.13 GAA. He only allowed 93 goals against. At the end of the season, Lehner was up for the Vezina and won the Masterton.
With Corey Crawford‘s shaky health and a rough reliance on call up goaltenders, Lehner can do some good for the Hawks as both a backup and a starter. Lehner is a consistent guy and durable. Not to mention he’s still pretty young compared to most goalies and he’s hitting that prime that the Hawks need.
The Hawks have missed playoffs two years in a row. The air about them is charged right now. They’ve brought back Shawzy, signed depth in Ryan Carpenter, and acquiring the young Kirby Dach; the Hawks are looking up for next season.
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