Senator ink netminder Robin Lehner to three-year deal

Fitzgerald Cecilio – 4E Sports Reporter

Ottawa, ON, Canada (4E Sports) – The Ottawa Senators announced that goaltender Robin Lehner agreed to terms on a three-year contract with an average annual value of $2.225 million.

The 23-year-old Lehner went 12-15-6 with a 3.06 goals-against average and .913 save percentage in 36 games (30 starts) last season.

“We quite honestly spent a long time this summer trying to get a long-term deal done,” said Lehner, who will be paid $1.5 million this season, $2.025 million next season and $3.15 million in 2016-17.

“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,” he added.

He will work alongside Craig Anderson, who has one year remaining on his contract. Anderson played 53 games last season and went 25-16-8 with a 3.00 GAA and .911 save percentage.

“Well everyone wants to play; the guy that says he doesn’t will be lying to you,” Lehner said. “I think if I can develop more and get better, we have a strong tandem.”

A second-round pick by Ottawa (No. 46) at the 2009 NHL Draft, Lehner is 21-24-10 with a 2.82 GAA, .918 save percentage and two shutouts in 61 games.

After Lehner, the Senators are also working to sign forwards Bobby Ryan and Clarke MacArthur, who each has one year remaining on his contract, to new deals. Both are slated to become unrestricted free agents next summer.

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