The Ottawa Senators re-signed restricted free agent goaltender Robin Lehner to a three-year extension Thursday. The deal will pay Lehner $6.675 million for an annual average of $2.225 million according to Chris Johnston of Sportsnet.
The 23-year-old Swedish netminder has shown great promise over parts of the last four seasons as a backup. In 2013-14, Lehner made a career-high 36 appearances. He went 12-15-6, with a .913 save percentage and 3.06 goals-against average. It wasn't the best performance the Sens could have hoped for, but Lehner was seeing an awful lot of shots thanks to the relatively shaky defense in front of him.
The Sens have Lehner on an extremely affordable contract. Though the former second-round pick may still be the backup, No. 1 goalie Craig Anderson's contract runs out next year, which could lead to Lehner taking over the job as earlier as 2015-16.
In 61 career appearances in the NHL, Lehner has posted a 21-24-10 record, .918 save percentage and 2.82 goals-against average. During the 2010-11 season, he helped lead the Senators' AHL affiliate in Binghamton, N.Y., to the Calder Cup with a .939 save percentage in the postseason.
With little by way of improvement to the NHL roster over the summer, the Senators may want to consider getting Lehner as many reps as they can next season if he is to be the goalie of the future for the club.