Blackhawks Sign Robin Lehner To 1-Year Deal

Lehner had a 2.13 goals against average and .930 save percentage last season.

July 01, 2019 - 5:05 pm

(670 The Score) The Blackhawks have landed a standout goaltender in free agency, signing Robin Lehner to a one-year, $5-million deal, they announced Monday afternoon.

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Lehner, 27, was 25-13-5 with a 2.13 goals against average and .930 save percentage in 46 games for the Islanders in a standout 2018-'19 season, when was a finalist for the Vezina Trophy, which is awarded to the league's best goalie. His goals against average mark was the third-best among qualifying NHL goalies, while his save percentage ranked second.

Given his track record, Lehner projects to form one of the most formidable goaltending duos in the NHL alongside Corey Crawford or to fill the No. 1 role should Crawford continue to be plagued by injuries.  Crawford played 28 games in 2017-'18 and 39 games last season as dealt with concussion issues. Reserve goalie Collin Delia is also in the team's mix.

As Lehner works on a one-year deal, Crawford himself is entering the final season of his contract as well.

Lehner spent his first four-plus NHL seasons with the Ottawa Senators and three for the Buffalo Sabres before joining the New York Islanders for 2018-'19.

Earlier Monday, the Blackhawks signed forward Ryan Carpenter to a three-year deal and brought forward David Kampf back on a two-year contract. On Sunday, Chicago reacquired forward Andrew Shaw in a trade with the Montreal Canadiens.