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Islanders: Former Goalie Robin Lehner Finally Gets His Payday

Nov 16, 2019; Nashville, TN, USA; Chicago Blackhawks goaltender Robin Lehner (40) after a win against the Nashville Predators at Bridgestone Arena. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports
Nov 16, 2019; Nashville, TN, USA; Chicago Blackhawks goaltender Robin Lehner (40) after a win against the Nashville Predators at Bridgestone Arena. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports /
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Former Islanders goalie, and fan favorite, Robin Lehner finally cashed in with a payday getting five-years and $25 million from Vegas.

Have we ever seen someone who spent just one year with the Islanders be more loved? Robin Lehner had a big impact both on and off the ice during his lone season with the Isles, and fans have followed his career ever since.

With the Isles, Lehner had a .930 save percentage and a 2.13 goals against average in 43 starts. The Isles decided to move on, and pay Semyon Varlamov in a semi-surprising decision from Lou Lamoriello.

In 36 games split between Chicago and Vegas, Lehner had a .920 save percentage and a 2.89 goals against average. For Vegas, he took over the net in the playoffs playing in 16 games for the Golden Knights.

He was stellar with a .917 save percentage and a 1.99 goals against average. After back to back excellent seasons on a one-year-deal, he finally was able to get his long-term deal from Vegas.

Lehner signed a five-year $25 million ($5 million AAV) extension to stay out in Vegas with the Golden Knights. Well deserved would be an understatement.

Since the start of the 2018-2019 season, Robin Lehner is fourth in the league in save percentage with a .925 and seventh in the league in goals against average with a 2.47. You could make the case that the Golden Knights got a bargain here.

There are currently 13 goalies with a higher AAV than what Lehner just got. If you make the case that he’s a top-10 goalie in the league since the start of the 2018-2019 season than by that logic he’s underpaid.

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The goalie market is definitely an interesting one, but I’m glad Lehner finally got his long-term security. He’s more than earned it, and I know Islanders fans will be rooting for him as long as he’s not playing the Islanders of course.

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