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Sport Blackhawks trade Robin Lehner to Golden Knights

23:35  24 february  2020
23:35  24 february  2020 Source:   msn.com

Blackhawks trade Robin Lehner to Golden Knights

  Blackhawks trade Robin Lehner to Golden Knights The Vegas Golden Knights needed another reliable goalie, and they got one in Robin Lehner.The Golden Knights acquired goalie Robin Lehner from the Chicago Blackhawks just before the NHL trade deadline in exchange for Malcolm Subban, defense prospect Slava Demin and a second-round pick

The Vegas Golden Knights acquired veteran goaltender Robin Lehner from the Chicago Blackhawks in the final hour before the NHL Trade Deadline Monday, according to multiple reports.

Numerous Blackhawks potentially on the move as Monday’s NHL trade deadline nears. Erik Gustafsson is almost certain to be traded , but a number of others — from Robin Lehner to Brandon Saad and The Golden Knights also want defensive help, and the Avalanche also want goaltending.

The Vegas Golden Knights have had a need for goaltending depth all season, and they addressed in a massive way on Monday.

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The Golden Knights acquired goalie Robin Lehner from the Chicago Blackhawks just before the NHL trade deadline in exchange for Malcolm Subban, defense prospect Slava Demin and a second-round pick

This is a significant move and could play a huge role in the Pacific Division race, as well as the entire Western Conference playoffs. Goaltending has been one of the single biggest issues for the Golden Knights all season due to Marc-Andre Fleury having a down year and the team having no reliable backup behind him. The latter part for the past two years has resulted in Fleury taking on a huge workload, which is not ideal for a mid-30s goalie.

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Robin Lehner signed a one-year contract with the Blackhawks on July 1 after one season with the New York Islanders. He won the Masterton Trophy for Nine days later, Chicago acquired defenseman Calvin de Haan and forward Aleksi Saarela in a trade with the Carolina Hurricanes for goalie Anton

Golden Knights . The Blackhawks traded for defencemen Olli Maatta and Calvin de Haan last month, and brought back pesky forward Andrew Shaw in another deal with Montreal. Lehner also won the Masterton Trophy this year as the player who best exemplifies the qualities of perseverance

That will no longer be an issue.

Lehner is not only a massive upgrade over Subban and the Golden Knights’ other backup options, he also serves as a great safety net in case Fleury slumps or is injured.

He has been one of the league’s best goalies the past two years and is an unrestricted free agent after this season.

The latter point is why it makes sense for the Blackhawks to make this move. The team is going nowhere this season and there was no guarantee they would be able to re-sign him. Holding on to him for what would almost certainly be a doomed Hail Mary attempt at a playoff spot this season would have been managerial malpractice on the part of the Blackhawks.

They had to get something here.

Chicago also traded defenseman Erik Gustafsson to the Calgary Flames on Monday for a third-round draft pick.

MORE: PHT’s Trade deadline live blog

Adam Gretz is a writer for Pro Hockey Talk on NBC Sports. Drop him a line at phtblog@nbcsports.com or follow him on Twitter @AGretz.

NHL goalie has crucifix imprinted onto his chest by a hard-hit puck. His team was playing the New Jersey Devils .
NHL goalkeeper Robin Lehner showed off a cross-shaped bruise on his chest that he said was caused by a puck that hit his crucifix necklace. NHL goalkeeper Robin Lehner showed off a cross-shaped bruise on his chest that he said was caused by a puck that hit his crucifix necklace. The Las Vegas Golden Knights goalie offered photographic evidence on Instagram Wednesday — a day after his team beat the New Jersey Devils 3-0.

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