It’s been a busy start to the week for the National Hockey League’s New York Islanders!
First, they lost their captain John Tavares to the Toronto Maple Leafs and their goaltender Jaroslav Halak to the Boston Bruins on Canada Day, but today on Tuesday, they brought in a new goaltender who also happens to be a former Soo Greyhound.
The New York Islanders announced on Tuesday that they have signed goaltender Robin Lehner to a one-year deal worth $1.5 million.
During the 2017-2018 season with the Buffalo Sabres, Lehner had 14 wins and 26 losses, 9 overtime losses, 3 shutouts, a 908 save percentage and a 3.01 goals against average in 53 regular season games.
Lehner, who played one season with the Hounds during 2009-2010, had 27 wins, 13 losses, 3 shootout losses, 5 shutouts, a .918 save percentage and a 2.80 goals against average.
During that season with the Hounds, he also finished tied with Chris Carrozzi (Mississauga St. Michael’s Majors) and Patrick Killeen (Brampton Battalion) for the league lead in shutouts (5).
The Islanders will be Lehner’s third team in his National Hockey League career.
The 26 year old from Gothenburg, Sweden played with the Ottawa Senators from 2010-2015, before joining the Buffalo Sabres from 2015-2018.