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Golden Knights' Lehner Expected to Miss Entire 2022-23 Season

The Vegas Golden Knights will be without Robin Lehner for all of 2022-23 after requiring hip surgery.
Robin Lehner

The Vegas Golden Knights will be without their star goaltender for the entirety of this coming season. 

The Golden Knights broke through the mid-August malaise on Thursday with some terrible news, announcing that goaltender Robin Lehner is expected to miss the entire 2022-23 season after doctors determined he will need to undergo hip surgery. 

As per the Golden Knights' announcement, a recovery timeline for Lehner remains unclear, making no guarantees as to his availability even beyond the coming season. 

The news comes as somewhat of a shock this late in the summer, as Lehner had opted to end his 2021-22 campaign prematurely to undergo season-ending surgery to repair a lower-body injury , as well. These injuries have followed Lehner around for years now, coming to a particular head last season by holding him out for large stretches of action. The 30-year-old managed to suit up in just 44 games due to various health ailments last season, attempting to play through the pain but ultimately succumbing to the limitations of his body. 

It's unclear as to whether this hip injury is the same ailment that Lehner ended his season early to repair. Lehner apparently suffered that injury during the Golden Knights' meeting with the Philadelphia Flyers on March 8th of 2022, missing the club's next 12 games before returning and attempting despite not being fully healthy. The results after his return, however, were not what Lehner had hoped, as he struggled to the tune of an uncharacteristic .892 save percentage in six games before ultimately shutting himself down. 

With Lehner out for the season, the Golden Knights will now seemingly turn to youngster Logan Thompson as their clear-cut starter for the foreseeable future. The 25-year-old performed quite well in his first extended stretch of action last season, appearing in 19 games and posting a 10-5-3 record with a .914 save percentage and one shutout. 

Whether the Golden Knights opt to hand the reigns to Thompson entirely or shop for another veteran netminder remains to be seen. Stay tuned. 

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