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Lehner expected for Golden Knights season after surgery

Robin Lehner is expected to be out for the Vegas Golden Knights season with a hip injury that will require surgery, the team announced Thursday.

The 31-year-old goaltender underwent shoulder surgery in April for an injury he sustained Feb. 9 when he made 27 saves in a 6-0 loss to the Calgary Flames.

Lehner missed five games before returning. After playing March 8 in a 2-1 loss to the Philadelphia Flyers, he did not play again until a 3-2 overtime win over the Vancouver Canucks on April 3. On April 25, Vegas announced he would be out for the season and expected him to be ready for training camp.

Lehner, who also underwent shoulder surgery in May 2021, went 23-17-2 with a 2.83 goals-against average, .907 save percentage and one shutout in 44 games with the Golden Knights last season, his third with the team.

Laurent Brossoit was 10-9-3 with a 2.90 GAA and .895 save percentage in 24 games (21 starts) and Logan Thompson was 10-5-3 with a 2.68 GAA and .914 save percentage in 19 games (17 starts).

Brossoit, 29, played 106 NHL games, but never more than 24 in a season. Thompson, 25, has played 20 NHL games and could be the favorite to be number one in Lehner’s absence.

Vegas also signed a goalkeeper Michael Hutchinson to a one-year contract on July 13. The 32-year-old played 137 NHL games, including two with the Toronto Maple Leafs last season.

“I mean, obviously it’s for training camp and it all plays out, but I think [Thompson]in my opinion he has already shown us, the organization, his teammates, everything, that he is more than capable of being a full time goaltender in the NHL for sure Golden Knights director of player development Wil Nichol said before Lehner’s injury. was announced.

Vegas (43-31-8) finished fourth in the Pacific Division and failed to make the Stanley Cup Playoffs last season for the first time in five NHL seasons.

NHL.com editor Jackie Spiegel contributed to this report