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TORONTO, ON - FEBRUARY 10: New York Islanders target Erik Karlsson #65 of the Ottawa Senators waits for a faceoff against the Toronto Maple Leafs during an NHL game at the Air Canada Centre on February 10, 2018 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. The Maple Leafs defeated the Senators 6-3. (Photo by Claus Andersen/Getty Images)
TORONTO, ON - FEBRUARY 10: New York Islanders target Erik Karlsson #65 of the Ottawa Senators waits for a faceoff against the Toronto Maple Leafs during an NHL game at the Air Canada Centre on February 10, 2018 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. The Maple Leafs defeated the Senators 6-3. (Photo by Claus Andersen/Getty Images)
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Robin Lehner | Buffalo Sabres

Source: Mike Harrington

In responding to a fan on Twitter Buffalo sports writer for the Buffalo News Mike Harrington implicates the Islanders in a trade for the Sabres number one keeper.

It makes sense. The Islanders can use a goaltender for the future. Jaroslav Halak is at the end of the line with the Isles. And with the way Thomas Greiss has been playing this year you have to think he’s going to be the backup going forward.

But is Lehner the answer? He isn’t having a particularly good year in Buffalo. With a .910SV% and a 2.95 GAA, the Isles current starter is about as good. Trading for Lehner is trading for potential.

The big 6’4″ 245lbs goalie is a year removed from a .920SV% and 2.68GAA for the very same Sabres team. He’s also two years removed from a .921SV% and 2.47GAA in 21 starts.

Imagine that type of goaltending with the offensive output that the Islanders are able to produce. Think of what the Islanders could achieve. It doesn’t solve the Islanders issues with the blueline, but it certainly helps add some confidence on that backend.

Lehner is also on an expiring deal, but at 26-years-old he’s still an RFA the Isles should be able to give him a nice deal keeping him around for a while.

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