Blackhawks: Robin Lehner’s Contract Shows Bowman’s Incompetency

Robin Lehner #40, Chicago Blackhawks (Photo by Chase Agnello-Dean/NHLI via Getty Images)
Robin Lehner #40, Chicago Blackhawks (Photo by Chase Agnello-Dean/NHLI via Getty Images) /

Robin Lehner has just signed a 5-year deal with the Golden Knights worth $25,000,000. That deal shows the Chicago Blackhawks GM Stan Bowman how incompetent he is to sign a player.

First off, congratulations to Robin Lehner. He finally has a home for the next 5-seasons in the NHL. He is involving into a great goalie in the NHL over the past two seasons – showing that all he needed was some talent around him. He played great for the Chicago Blackhawks, arguable being one of their best goalies over the past 20-years.

The Blackhawks have a history of getting rid of good goalies. They traded away Eddie Belfour in the 1990s, he is considered their last Franchise goalie – even though Corey Crawford won 2 Stanley Cups. I’d say Crawford is a Hall of Famer, but he isn’t as good as Lehner is – right now.

Lehner is an amazing goalie and him signing for just $5,000,000 per season him being underpaid, if anything. He is up there with Carey Price and Sergei Bobrovsky in talent level, along with being the best goalie on his team. I believe he decided to take a pay cut to win a Stanley Cup. Something Vegas is close to doing.

Bowman couldn’t ink a deal with Lehner before the trade deadline, so he traded him away. Lehner, for even $6,000,000 per season, is worth it. It’s a shame Bowman couldn’t ink the deal with him. Now, they’re missing out on their next goalie for the next 5-7 seasons. As the team improves, Lehner could have been that missing piece.

Lehner was the only goalie on that team to have a winning record last season. He brought them within points of the wildcard spot before he was benched and then traded. It’s just another head scratcher for Bowman.

How much does this guy have to do before he is fired? It’s really a shame.

I wish the best to Robin Lehner, as he is a great guy and one of my favorite players of all-time. The awareness for mental health he has brought to the world of hockey is much needed. This man will win a Stanley Cup in the near future, something he deserves.

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