"I like the people there. I love my teammates. I love the organization," Lehner told NHL.com's Dan Rosen on Tuesday. "So obviously I want to be back."
The Islanders signed Lehner to a one-year, $1.5-million contract last summer after a subpar season with the Buffalo Sabres. Lehner had a difficult time personally in 2017-18, as he nearly committed suicide, was addicted to alcohol and sleeping pills, and was eventually diagnosed with bipolar 1 with manic phases.
Lehner told Rosen he doesn't care if it's a long- or short-term deal - he wants to stay with the Islanders.
"I know the team knows where I stand and I just hope something works out," he said.
The Islanders were the only team to offer Lehner a contract last summer, and the netminder described his initial meetings with GM Lou Lamoriello as "some of the best moments in my life."
Lehner went 25-13-5 last season with a .930 save percentage and a 2.13 goals-against average. He and teammate Thomas Greiss won the William M. Jennings Award, and Lehner is also a finalist for the Vezina Trophy and the Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy.