Rumor: Blackhawks Will Unload Elite Goaltender


The Chicago Blackhawks are one of few teams who have two elite goaltenders in their lineup. Corey Crawford has declined in recent years, but his role as the teams' starter during their dynasty demands a certain level of respect and loyalty. Robin Lehner seems to have played himself into a starting role as the Blackhawks' netminder. He finished last season with the New York Islanders with a 0.930 SV% percentage and currently has an impressive 0.922 SV%. One of these goaltenders have been reported to be on the shopping list and will be traded in the near future.

It's noteworthy to highlight the fact that Lehner is producing these fantastic numbers on a team who has been struggling all season. Despite his performance, it has been reported that GM Stan Bowman's phone has been off the hook with inquiries about Lehner (and he's listening).

Lehner has played for 3 different teams over the last 3 seasons. He has yet to find himself in a comfortable and stable position, but it's surely no reflection of his on-ice performance. He has had the misfortune of playing on rebuilding teams in which he could fetch a significant return; this case is no different.
"Robin Lehner has potentially played himself into the starting role but could fetch a bigger return" - Jim Parsons of "The Hockey Writers"
It seems hard to believe that the Blackhawks would be willing to trade Lehner as he is still a young goaltender who has been playing at an elite level. However, it's understandable as he could fetch a significant return that could drastically improve the Blackhawks' roster.



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