Could Robin Lehner return to the Blackhawks next season?


Robin Lehner’s time on the Blackhawks was relatively short, but he still managed to make an impact on the fanbase and the organization. analyst Dan Rosen was asked in his mailbag if he thought Lehner would resign with the Vegas Golden Knights after his one-year deal ends. Rosen speculated it would be unwise for Lehner to stay in Sin City since Marc-Andre Fleury is blocking his path to being the Golden Knights starting goalie. 

Rosen said while the goalie market is hard to predict at this time, given the uncertainties of what the salary cap situation will be, that Lehner should be looking at teams with more precarious situations at goal. Rosen listed off several teams, including the Blackhawks. 

Ironically, the Blackhawks also make sense for Lehner, but they traded him to the Golden Knights on Feb. 24. Would he circle back to Chicago if the situation were right? Hey, no hard feelings if the money and term make sense, right?

Lehner admits he was surprised when he learned he had been traded, but it would appear the Vezina Trophy finalist has no hard feelings towards the Blackhawks and has spoken openly about how welcomed he felt by the organization and city. Whether or not he actually returns to the United Center wearing a Blackhawks sweater has a lot of variables, including the goalie market and the plans of current Blackhawks goalie Corey Crawford. Crawford’s coming up on the end of his six-year contract with the Hawks and he says he’d like to stay with the team. However, with the NHL on pause, everyone’s future is becoming murkier and if Lehner wants to be a team’s No. 1 goalie, he’s got a few different routes he could take. 

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