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Hurricanes Closely Watching Blackhawks, Want to Make Trade

The Carolina Hurricanes want to know what the Chicago Blackhawks are doing with their goaltending because the Hurricanes want Robin Lehner.

Pierre LeBrun took a deep look at all 31 NHL franchises and what their plans might be heading into this year’s trade deadline. Among the most interesting reports included two teams: The Carolina Hurricanes and Chicago Blackhawks.

According to LeBrun report in The Athletic, the Hurricanes closely watching the Blackhawks and what happens with their goaltending situation, specifically how they deal with pending free agents Corey Crawford and Robin Lehner.

LeBrun notes that if Lehner shakes loose because the Hawks either become sellers or can’t afford to keep both Crawford and Lehner, the Hurricanes have had a long-standing interest in Lehner. Carolina tried to sign him last summer before the netminder picked a one-year deal with Chicago.

LeBrun writes:

The Canes have monitored closely what’s going on in Chicago with netminder Robin Lehner, whom they tried to sign last summer. If the Hawks make him available, which right now they haven’t, Carolina would probably inquire. 

source -‘LeBrun: Where all 31 teams stand one month before the trade deadline’ – Pierre LeBrun – The Athletic – 01/242020

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Lehner Will Get Big Bucks Somewhere

Considering recent statements from Lehner about how he’s done taking deals and discounts and wants to be paid fairly for his skills, someone is going to pay well for his services. Whether that is Chicago and they let Crawford walk, or the Blackhawks try to recoup some assets before Lehner signs in a place like Carolina, whatever team lands or retains him will have to set aside some decent money to shore up their goaltending needs.

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