When the news dropped that Robin Lehner was scheduled to have hip surgery and miss the 2022-23 season, the hockey world reacted.
Your season is done. I credit them for what they accomplished that first season. Ever since that success they’ve been drunken sailors. They’re in video game GM mode. Trade this guy, sign that guy, don’t need that guy, dump that guy, trade this pick, trade that prospect. It’s karma in a way, you’ve been too reckless. –Bryan Hayes on OverDrive radio show on TSN1050 Toronto
For the second time in team history, Vegas isn’t considered a Stanley Cup favorite. The first year was a shock to everyone, this time around, there is concrete evidence based on history for doubters to point to. The Golden Knights missed the playoffs, swapped scoring for dead money, and are without their starting goaltender for the entire season.
Losing Lehner was the breaking point for some around the sport.
I think somebody can really hold up Vegas right now. This is a team that’s built to win now. You can’t go a year without a goaltender if you’re built to win now. They have no money but they also have no goaltender. –Dave Poulin on OverDrive radio show on TSN1050 Toronto
The one element the majority agrees with is the unknown impact from Vegas’ number one star. There are not many players in the league that can carry a team offensively like Jack Eichel. If the 25-year-old emerges as one of the Western Conference’s biggest threats the Golden Knights have enough support to qualify for the postseason. If they don’t, the know-it-alls up in Toronto will be even louder next summer.
Now, they’re dumping Pacioretty for nothing. They don’t have a goalie. If you’re Jack Eichel what’s running through your mind? You’re never going to catch a break. –Hayes on OverDrive radio show on TSN1050 Toronto
There’s no doubt the Golden Knights season became a lot more challenging after the Lehner news broke. No matter who’s in their system, losing a starting goaltender is crushing for the organization.
Direction wise over the next couple years, what’s going to happen with Vegas? They’re going to expire. They just are. They’ve depleted their farm system. They refute everything they were when they came into the league. They’re the exact opposite. They used to be the have-nots, the castaways. –Poulin on OverDrive radio show on TSN1050 Toronto
There’s still time for the front office to go an acquire an everyday starting goalie but the cost might be the problem. Sure, the combination of Thompson, Michael Hutchison, and Laurent Brossoit could be enough to secure a playoff spot but without Lehner, Vegas is looking at a first, or at best, a second round exit. That’s not far enough The Creator.
They are a very entertaining follow. They offer up a ton of content, but they are reckless down there and they’re in trouble. –Hayes on OverDrive radio show on TSN1050 Toronto
It’s true. The Golden Knights are the gift that keeps on giving. Even during the slow summer months, Vegas provides enough material through September. Starting with their annual cap theatrics, puzzling decisions, and delayed surgeries that subtract their top goaltender, this offseason has had it all. It might amuse the folks up in Toronto but it’s no joking matter to the loyal fans that watch or show up to every VGK game. It would be much more entertaining if their team shocked Ontario and the entire hockey world.