Current Deal: $1.5 million
Robin Lehner is here on a single year prove it deal. The New York Islanders clearly believe that Robin Lehner has more talent and potential than that 3.01 GAA and .908SV% year with the Buffalo Sabres from last season.
But they want him to prove it to them first. They aren’t going to pay for potential, they’ll pay for results.
Better season: >2.70GAA
I didn’t state a possible save percentage simply because that ten percent rule I’m applying doesn’t work. To have a better season in terms of save percentage, ie: a ten percent increase, he’d have to put up a save percentage that was above 0.998. That’s impossible.
But improving his goals against average by ten percent, or lower than 2.70 goals per game is absolutely possible. Just two seasons ago he posted 2.68 goals against average with the Sabres.
With Barry Trotz and his defensive system, I expect Robin Lehner to benefit. It won’t be revolutionary, but at least slightly better than the NHL average.
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Cap Hit: $4 million, Two Years
A bump to four million is a fair amount to pay for a goalie who gets above average NHL number, even if just slightly, and has the potential to play 50-60 games in a season.
The two-year commitment is a reflection of the New York Islanders system with Linus Soderstrom making his North American debut for the Bridgeport Sound Tigers.