The Ottawa Senators have come to terms with goalie Robin Lehner on a three-year, $6.675 million contract.
That’s a modest cap hit of just $2.225 million for Lehner, a 23-year-old who went 12-15-6 with a .913 save percentage last season — his first season in the NHL with a significant number of starts (30) — for the Sens.
Lehner’s career save percentage in the NHL is an impressive .918, albeit in only 61 appearances.
Ottawa still has 33-year-old veteran Craig Anderson under contract for one more season, after which he can become an unrestricted free agent.
“Nope,” Dubinsky said. “You know, I’ve played the same way my whole career and I’m not going to change. The next time I have an opportunity to play (Crosby), I’m going to play him hard.”
In case you’re wondering, that next opportunity comes on Dec. 21 in Pittsburgh, assuming that both players are healthy and not suspended.
One can understand Dubinsky’s perspective, although such honesty would be that much more interesting if there’s another incident with Crosby. His initial reaction to the hit was interestingly candid, admitting that his “stick rode up” on his adversary.
Would that stance – which, from a harsher view, might seem flippant to Dubinsky’s critics – open the door for a bigger future bit of a discipline?
Maybe, maybe not … but at least his comments aren’t as inflammatory as what John Tortorella said (at least on the record).
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