Dig around in the NHL bargain bin long enough, and you might find a steal of a deal. Robin Lehner is a prime example. After three up-and-mostly-down seasons as Buffalo’s starting goaltender, Lehner was just 26 when he cut loose by the Sabres last summer and became a UFA. With no takers on a big-money contract, Lehner accepted a one-year, $1.5-million pact from the New York Islanders and ended up exceeding all expectations, winning the Jennings Trophy with platoon mate Thomas Greiss and becoming a Vezina Trophy finalist on the strength of a stellar .930 save percentage, 2.13 goals-against average and six shutouts. Lehner was integral in the Isles’ return to the playoffs – he posted a 25-13-5 record in the regular season – and the team’s advancement to the second round for just the second ti...
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Copy editor Sam McCaig rejoined The Hockey News in 2017 after previously working at THN from 1999 to 2010. His career high for goals in a season is one.