Lehner gets his deal

- July 31st, 2014

Robin Lehner has signed on the dotted line.
The Senators kept their last remaining restricted free agent in the fold by agreeing to terms on a three-year, $6.675 million deal Thursday morning.
The 23-year Lehner will make an average of $2.225 million over the course of the agreement. He will pull down $1.5 million next season, $2.025 million in 2015-16 and $3.15 million in 2016-17.
Lehner, who has been the club’s backup to Craig Anderson the last two seasons, finished with a 12-15-6 record in 36 appearances last season. He had a .913 save-percentage and a 3.06 GAA.
This deal sets up the Senators to make the Lehner the start down the road and also gives the club the flexibility to decide what they want to do with Anderson before the end of the season.
Anderson, who has been the club’s clear-cut No. 1, is heading into the final year of his contract. The Senators haven’t had any discussions on an extension.
Lehner is the last remaining restricted free agent the club has to sign. Senators GM Bryan Murray has intensified discussions with Newport Sports for wingers Bobby Ryan and Clarke MacArthur.
It’s believed at the same time the club agreed to terms with Lehner the Senators also held discussions on Ryan and MacArthur. All three are represented by Don Meehan, Mark Guy and Craig Oster, who are partners at Newport.

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  1. Daniel Murphy says:

    For Rogers customers, TSN 1,2,3,4,5 can be found on channels 494, 495, 496, 497 & 498. TSN 5 and 2 are also on 506 & 507, as in the past. For non HD viewers check the low 400′s.

  2. PaV says:

    Mike8888 – it was a good sign for the SENS. Lenher will grow in to the number 1 position. Not sure about one of the best tandems in the league but we will certainly be better than most teams.

  3. Bobby Goodman says:

    I should have mentioned Tim Higgins earlier, afterall, it is Higgins who makes the call who to bring on board.

    For those who are too young, Higgins was a member of one of the best lines I have ever seen in Major Junior Hockey. He with Bobby Smith at center and Steve Payne were absolutely dominating. It was a treat to watch. The other line that was worth the price of admission was Yvon Joly, Sean Simpson (no, not the one time “NHL executive”) and Jimmie Fox. All could skate and were fabulous with the puck but it was Joly who really got my attention; he could absolutely fly. It will forever baffle me why he didn’t play in the NHL; he played for the Vs in Halifax and was a prolific scorer. Like many other NHL draftees (Murray Wilson is another) it was a damn shame he was drafted by the talent rich Montreal Canadians.

    It may sound like hindsight but I wanted Ottawa RBs to take Zack Collaros in the dispersal draft. Collaros is made for the CFL, he can run and throw (2300 yards for TO) and he is only 26 versus 39! He is coming back from injury in Hamilton’s annual Labor Day rivalry with Toronto. The 39 year old Burris is showing his age. He’s thrown more pick offs than TDs. The last game was horrendous and he was anemic and although he personally hit a milestone…who here in Ottawa really gives a damn! Personally, I have heard enough of his motor mouth…he is never short of words. Words are cheap, I want to see plays. Its not their 1 and 7 recor4d as much as how it was done.

  4. Mike8888 says:

    Bobby,
    The GM of the 67′s is Pat Higgins. He’s Tim’s brother. I played pick-up against him many years ago. He was good.

  5. Bobby Goodman says:

    Pav…give it up mate. Are you sure you even know what contradiction means? If you do…why would you say you are happy (excited) with Karly as a Captain and then say the opposite. Why would you tell everyone here that Suckubban “had a lot of raw talent” and then offer “he’s not that talented”. Do you see pattern…mate? Oh yes, the rumours are swirling about a certain Sen and his penchant to…indulge.

  6. Bobby Goodman says:

    I love Baseball but it makes me ill when I see some Jays conceding an out and not running to first base. I witnessed it several times this last week and on at least one ocassion a fielder mishandled the ball and the runner could have beat it out had he made the effort. Encarnacion was the guilty party but I have seen it from two other very lumpy players: Francisco and Navarro! 3 Jays have missed significant time this year because they were hurt running the bases. If you say them work out before a game, perahps you would understand why. You wont see it as prevalent in the National League where it requires some inteligence to manage a game; they don’t wait for the long ball to score runs.

    I think the American League and the Jays have become almost lazy. Many ball players are out of shape; designated hitters sit until its time to grab a bat. Lind has gained 15 pounds since last year, his attitude has changed and he looks like an idiot. Reyes must spend a hell of a lot of time grooming his “look”: manicuring his eyebrows, beard, hair and his bun on the back of his head that is now Orange (Orange is the new Black?). I am sick of the choreographed episodes after every home run; I love celebration but when you need rehearsals to get it right, it can me too much (like those in the CFL after a touchdown).

    I think it is time for a culture change in Baseball and would particularly love to see it in Toronto. They can start by…bringing classy back! Baseball players should be in great shape (afterall they are supposed to be professional athletes). Have some fun with a homerun but don’t go over the top. Players, like Bautista, have to learn he isn’t bigger than the team/game. Certainly he is smart enough to know that he will never change an Umpires mind on a strike call! Surely Jose must appreciate that by continually arguing a strike three call he doesn’t endear himself to the entire Umpire community (they do talk to eachother). If he showed some class (ie: Jeter) perhaps he might get a favourable call…..is that possible!

    We have seen what players can do when they are in great shape; Goss and Pillar are blessed with speed of course but they also make the effort. It is time the Jays killed the Country Club atmosphere and replaced it with an environment that demands athletes look and behave the part. Afterall, who is in control?

    As I said, I like celebration but it has gone too far. The RBs have a bunch who go over the top when the make a tackle or they knock down a pass ! I wonder if they are celebrating or if they are simply shocked they made a play! If your team is 1 and 8, I would think a player would eat a little humble pid, don’t you? And, have ever seen so many dreadlocks/long hairs in your life???? Jamaicans aren’t only taking up bobsledding, they are heavlly into professional football!!!! It aint different anymore boys……so give it up!

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  7. Bobby Goodman says:

    Thanks Mikey, I did not know that; I thought he looked different but attributed it to age (age can ravage a body….I know).

  8. PaV says:

    Oh Bobby you can’t even comprehend that statement. That’s pretty sad. I am sure your life is as sad. Go away. Leave us be here. It will be a gift to all of us. Thanks in advance.

  9. PaV says:

    Despise one blow hard opinion on here, the season is just over a month away and I think that the SENS will contend for a playoff stop. The old man who has no life, will try to spew his normal crap about the team, but for those who are fans, and those who don’t despise players on the SENS, we are looking forward to the season to start.

  10. Bobby Goodman says:

    Pav…mate…if I went away, you wouldn’t have anything to post!

    What really is sad, is how writers can be so far apart in their account of a game that was played. Yesterday Frank Zicarelli wrote the game the Double Blue played against the Tiger Cats in Hamilton was “there for the taking”. Did he actually watch the game? He called Argos play a “joke” but says the Ticats “weren’t that much better”! He doesn’t even mention Zack Collaros until the last third of his article and even then, he wasn’t gracious suggesting “…Collaros made some throws but his TD toss to a wide open Grant could have been completed by any Pop Warner QB”. Now I only played HS football for a few years but it is my understanding that if a play is run right and things come together, a receiver will be “wide open”…no? In the other paper, the writer believed it was important to introduce the fact that Collaros played well (his first game back after missing many due to a concussion) throwing for 315 yards. was 27 for 38, racked up 22 first downs and generated 364 yards of offence! Ray completed 16 of 29 for only 142 yards and the game “was there for the taking”? Football is played on both sides of the ball isn’t it?

    Although the difference in the score was only a single point, it should have been much more; Hamilton inserted their short gain specialist QB on the Argos 1 yard line and he promptly turned it over with a fumble and field goals were missed. Toronto’s best asset was their punter Swayze Waters, he was phenomenal averaging over 51 yards. He gave his team great field position with his booming punts (will he be in the NFL next year?).

    It is sad that we have to gather information from various sources to get a clearer picture of what may have truly happened! All too often writers (no matter the topic) believe it is their responsibility to forge opinions for us. I watched the game this weekend, so I knew what actually happened but those who only read the Zicarelli nonsense, wouldn’t know Hamilton played a good game and they certainly wouldn’t know that 26-year-old Zack Collaros was spectacular in his return from injury.

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