On Monday afternoon the Blackhawks goaltender situation got a little more crowded as Stan Bowman inked former New York Islanders goalie Robin Lehner on a one-year, $5 million deal.
Last season was a coming out party for Lehner who posted a .930 save percentage in 46 starts for the Isles. While splitting the net with Thomas Greiss, he was a finalist for the Vezina Trophy and won Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy last month.
The move allows the Blackhawks to rely less on the recently oft-injured Corey Crawford, as we now figure to see Lehner and Crawford used in tandem throughout the 2019-2020 season. Strengthening the goaltender position may not have been at the top of the wishlist for Blackhawk fans, but this certainly doesn’t hurt. Should Crawford stay healthy, the Blackhawks now have two legitimate options in goal every night.
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