Robin Lehner was traded to the Vegas Golden Knights by the Chicago Blackhawks on Monday for goalie Malcolm Subban, forward prospect Stanislav Demin and a second-round pick in the 2020 NHL Draft.”It came down to us wanting a higher comfort level that we were strong enough at that position,” Vegas general manager Kelly McCrimmon said of trading for Lehner. “It’s rare a goaltender enjoying one of the best seasons of any goalie in the National Hockey League would be available. Felt this was a way to solidify our team.”
The Golden Knights also acquired forward Nick Cousins in a trade from the Montreal Canadiens for a fourth-round pick in the 2021 NHL Draft, and they signed defenseman Nick Holden to a two-year, $3.4 million contract ($1.7 million average annual value).
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Lehner is 16-10-5 with a 3.01 goals-against average and .918 save percentage in 33 games. He’s faced an average of 36.9 shots on goal per game, most in the NHL among goalies to play at least 11 games.
The 28-year-old had a 2.13 GAA, a .930 save percentage and six shutouts in 46 games with the New York Islanders last season, when he won the William Jennings Trophy (along with Thomas Greiss) for fewest goals allowed and the Bill Masterton Trophy, awarded to the player who best exemplifies the qualities of perseverance, sportsmanship, and dedication to hockey. He was third in voting for the Vezina Trophy as the best goalie in the NHL.
Lehner signed a one-year contract with the Blackhawks on July 1, 2019, and can become an unrestricted free agent on July 1.
Lehner is 113-120-45 with a 2.73 GAA, a .918 save percentage and 14 shutouts in 298 regular-season games (279 starts) with the Blackhawks, Islanders, Buffalo Sabres and Ottawa Senators. He is 4-5 with a 2.05 GAA and .934 save percentage in 10 Stanley Cup Playoff games.
Cousins has 22 points (nine goals, 13 assists) in 58 games this season. The 26-year-old has 95 points (40 goals, 55 assists) in 317 games with the Canadiens, Arizona Coyotes and Philadelphia Flyers.
Holden has 11 points (five goals, six assists) in 54 games this season. He was in the final season of a two-year contract and could have become an unrestricted free agent July 1. The 32-year-old has 138 points (44 goals, 94 assists) in 489 games with the Golden Knights, Boston Bruins, New York Rangers, Colorado Avalanche and Columbus Blue Jackets.
Subban is 9-7-3 with a 3.18 GAA and .890 save percentage in 20 games this season. The 26-year-old is 30-23-7 with a 2.97 GAA and .899 save percentage in 65 games with the Golden Knights and Bruins. Subban was claimed off waivers by Vegas on Oct. 3, 2017.
Demin, a 19-year-old selected in the fourth round (No. 99) of the 2018 NHL Draft, has nine points (two goals, seven assists) in 30 games at the University of Denver.