Report: Senators, Lehner agree on term of new contract; 'extremely close' to deal

Jul 24, 4:38 PM

The Ottawa Senators are reportedly close to re-signing restricted free agent goaltender Robin Lehner after agreeing on the length of the new contract.

Ottawa has veteran netminder Craig Anderson under contract for one more season and a long-term extension for Lehner would signal their intention to make him the starter going forward.

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Jul 31, 12:08 PM

Senators' Lehner looking for 'fair opportunity' to be No. 1 goalie after signing 3-year deal

Jul 31, 12:08 PM

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Ottawa Senators goaltender Robin Lehner signed a three-year, $6.675-million contract with the team Thursday, and while he believes the team has a "strong tandem" in net between himself and Craig Anderson, he's doesn't appear overly content with being a backup.

Lehner qualified that by adding "I have lots left to prove," a good indication that he is ready to work for his starts in 2014-15.

The 23-year-old also addressed whether he had been hoping for a long-term deal with the club (via senators.nhl.com):

We quite honestly spent a long time this summer trying to get a long term deal done. It turned into a three-year deal which I'm very happy with too. I think it's just, from both sides, they wanted me in Ottawa and I've tried to make my point that Ottawa is the place I want to be but, of course, I've got to deserve to be there a long time and that's what my goal is. You never know what the future holds.

Lehner's .913 save percentage was a touch higher than Anderson's last season (.911), and the Senators will need both to be on their game in order to compete in the Eastern Conference.

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Jul 31, 9:40 AM

Senators, Lehner agree to terms on 3-year, $6.675-million contract

Jul 31, 9:40 AM

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The Ottawa Senators have agreed to terms on a three-year contract with goaltender Robin Lehner, according to the team's official Twitter account.

The 23-year-old appeared in 61 games for the team over the past four seasons, posting a record of 21-24-10, with a .918 save percentage and two shutouts. In 2013-14, he recorded a career-high 12 wins with a .913 save percentage in 30 starts.

Lehner's new contract makes him Ottawa's only goaltender under contract past 2014-15, with Craig Anderson set to become an unrestricted free agent next summer. As such, Lehner may be given the opportunity to assert himself in the Senators' net sooner rather than later.

Jun 19, 2:01 PM

Report: Senators, Lehner 'not close to deal' as restricted free agency looms

Jun 19, 2:01 PM

Robin Lehner is widely regarded as the Ottawa Senators' goaltender of the future, with an opportunity to become the team's top option in net as early as 2014-15. The 22-year-old, however, is set to become a restricted free agent on July 1, and according to Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun, the two sides are "not close" to reaching an agreement on a new contract.

Garrioch added, "That will be a negotiation," and, "It will get done."

Lehner, a second-round pick in the 2009 NHL Draft, appeared in 61 games for Ottawa over the course of the past four seasons, posting a career save percentage of .918. 2013-14 marked his first stint of regular work at the NHL level, and his .913 save percentage put him slightly ahead of incumbent Craig Anderson (.911), who is entering the final year of his contract.

As negotiations continue, the Senators will be exploring both short and long-term extensions for Lehner, with both sides presumably offering differing perspectives on valuation at this point in his young career.