The Vegas Golden Knights are out of the blue and not using a goalie. The staff announced today that Robin Lehner will miss the complete 2022-23 season after figuring out that he would require hip surgical procedure. No timeline for his restoration has been given but, apart from the actual fact he’s not an possibility for the rapidly-approaching marketing campaign.
This information follows Lehner’s earlier shoulder surgical procedure in May, which ended his season early. At the time, there have been studies that he was coping with a number of points, together with a severe hip damage, although the choice to have one other process was definitely not anticipated at this level within the offseason. The Golden Knights, who’ve made a number of cap strikes this summer season together with shedding Max Pacioretty’s deal for no return, are actually principally right down to Logan Thompson as a practical NHL possibility.
Laurent Brossoit, the staff’s backup that was signed to a two-year, $4.65M contract earlier than final season, additionally underwent hip surgical procedure earlier this 12 months and isn’t assured to be prepared for the beginning of the 12 months. Thompson and Michael Hutchinson are the one two different netminders within the group with any NHL expertise.
While it signifies that Lehner’s contract could be moved to long-term injured reserve, one thing the Golden Knights had been already utilizing after buying Shea Weber’s contract, there are actually simply two months left to the beginning of the season, and never plenty of succesful beginning choices accessible. Thompson had a late-season breakout this 12 months with a .914 save share in 19 appearances however the undrafted netminder’s profession expertise to only 20 NHL video games. There’s no telling how he would react to carrying the starter’s load for an entire 12 months, even when he has carried out admirably within the minor leagues.
The query for Lehner now turns into whether or not or not his profession will proceed after this misplaced season, as main hip surgical procedures can usually derail a goaltender’s efficiency even after they’re medically cleared to return.