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Patrick Kane #88, Chicago Blackhawks (Getty Images)
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Robin Lehner, Slater Koekkoek, Chicago Blackhawks
Robin Lehner, Slater Koekkoek, Chicago Blackhawks (Getty Images) /

Trading Robin Lehner Was a Mistake

Let’s just admit it from the start, Robin Lehner should have never been traded. There isn’t a Blackhawks fan out there that believes trading Lehner for a 2nd-round pick is anything to write home about.

The fitting part of the Lehner trade was him knocking the Blackhawks out of the playoffs, with Lehner going 3-1 in the series. Even though it was my team he knocked out, I am proud of him and happy to see him on the winning end of the playoffs, so far.

There’s no way Stan Bowman could have predicted a global pandemic would occur just a few weeks after trading Lehner, but if he knew this team would be in the playoffs, I guarantee they would have worked something out with Lehner.

On paper, getting rid of Lehner makes NO SENSE. Using the eye-test, you could tell Lehner has that x-factor you need to be an elite goalie in the playoffs. Using that same eye-test, you can tell that he is better than Corey Crawford right now.

Trading Lehner was the worst trade Bowman has made since trading Artemi Panarin. Now, the Blackhawks are left with a goalie past his prime, who did play well in the playoffs, but won’t be here for much longer at a decent level. Lehner would have been a top goalie for the team for at least 5-6 seasons.

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How many more poor trades does Bowman have to make before they get rid of him?

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