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Robin Lehner isn’t confident that the NHL season will be salvaged

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Many of those around the NHL are optimistic that the season will resume, whether it’s as early as June or in the latter half of the summer is up for debate. But one individual who isn’t optimistic about the future of the season: Vegas Golden Knights goalie Robin Lehner.

“No, I don’t think it is possible to shut down and then run again when you have 100,000 cases of the coronavirus. Safety goes first,” said Lehner during an interview with Swedish media outlet Expressen.

“You can’t turn 180 degrees and start playing again. I see a zero percent chance that you can save this season. Now I hope that next season can start as usual in October.”

Lehner had been acquired by Vegas via the Blackhawks prior to the NHL trade deadline on February 24. He played in just three games with the Golden Knights before the league had been put to a halt, posting a 3-0-0 record, 1.67 goals against average and a .940 save percentage during that span.

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Legendary hockey announcer Mike ‘Doc’ Emrick retires from broadcasting after 50 years

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Another legendary voice is riding off into the sunset.

Mike ‘Doc’ Emrick, who is known as the voice of hockey in the United States, officially announced that he is retiring for good from announcing NHL games after a historic 50-year career.

“It was 50 years ago this fall, with pen and pad in hand at old Civic Arena in Pittsburgh, I got my first chance to cover the National Hockey League…Gordie Howe was a Red Wing, Bobby Hull was a Blackhawk, Bobby Orr was a Bruin. A time like this makes me recall that we have seen a lot together. The biggest crowd ever, 105,000 at Michigan Stadium. A gold medal game that required overtime between the two North American powers in Vancouver.” said Emrick in a statement.

“Things change over 50 years, but much of what I love is unchanged from then to now and into the years ahead. I still get chills seeing the Stanley Cup. I especially love when the horn sounds, and one team has won and another team hasn’t, all hostility can dissolve into the timeless great display of sportsmanship — the handshake line. I leave you with sincere thanks.”

Along with being a Hockey Hall of Famer, the 74-year old has been the recipient of many awards throughout his career. He has won
eight Emmy awards in the Outstanding Sports Personality – Play-by-Play category, and the Foster Hewitt Award in 2008.

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Golden Knights win the Alex Pietrangelo sweepstakes

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It may have took a few days longer than expected, but the Vegas Golden Knights have finally gotten the big-name defenseman they’ve coveted.

The team has officially signed All-Star blueliner Alex Pietrangelo to a seven-year contract worth an average annual value of $8.8 million. The deal also includes a full no-movement clause.

The 30-year old, who was selected fourth overall in the 2008 NHL Draft, had spent his entire career with the Blues organization leading up to this point. During that span, he accumulated 109 goals and 341 assists over 758 combined games and 10 seasons.

He was also selected to two NHL All-Star Games, three NHL Second All-Star Teams, and won a Stanley Cup back in 2019.

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Avalanche acquire defenceman Devon Toews from Islanders

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The Colorado Avalanche have given their defense a much needed boost while allowing the New Islanders to shed some salary.

The team announced on Monday that they have acquired veteran d-man Devon Toews from the Islanders in exchange for a 2021 second round pick and a 2022 second round pick.

The 26-year old, who is a restricted free agent due for a substantial pay raise, posted six goals and 22 assists in 68 games this past season. He was also one of the more reliable blueliners for the Isles, averaging
20:31 per game in a top four role.

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