At what point does Lehner get called-up to backup Andy for Playoff Run
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01-09-2012, 04:26 PM
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I actually hope that Ottawa drafts a good goalie with their 2nd/3rd round pick this year, or trade for a pick and grab a goalie. Some healthy competition might be what Mr. Lehner needs. Like when he had to win his job back during the Calder Cup run from Barry Brust.
Before we crown Robin with being the savior I think everyone should take an objective look at the situation. This year was "meant" to be a bust, let's get real, making the playoffs is a plus this year. No need to rush the rehab of the franchise.
While a lot of that may be true, Lehner has pretty much done what has been asked and exceed expectations in the OHL and AHL as a European goaltender. Yah, there are some very rough edges to his game but a lot of that might have to be sorted out in the NHL with stronger characters and personalities around.
Lehner is Bingo's goaltender, no if's, and's or but's. He earned that right last year in the playoffs. That could very well be working against him as well. In Ottawa he would be the backup and would need to fight for every single game he got which could be the best thing for him. In Bingo, no matter what, he's the guy that was the MVP of the Championship Senators.
He's close to be ready for a backup role even though maturity issue's on the ice might be a problem (as it is for a lot of young players). He's probably done all he really can do in the AHL in terms of things he can accomplish. Yah, he could get to the all-star game or carry the load but again, what motivation is there right now?
Ottawa's plan was for him to play 2 or 3 years in the AHL and then bring him up to Ottawa to be the backup and hopefully take over the number 1 job in 2 or 3 years. So far it's par for the course.
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