On Thursday, it was reported that former Blackhawks goalie Robin Lehner told the Swedish media outlet Expressen that he doesn't believe the NHL can continue the season.
The league was paused on March 12 due to concerns with the coronavirus pandemic.
Robin Lehner spoke with @Expressen in Sweden, saying he doesn't believe the NHL can continue the season.— Jesse Granger (@JesseGranger_) March 26, 2020
(Translated from Swedish)-
"No, I don't think it is possible to shut down & then run again when you have 100,000 cases of the corona virus. Safety goes first." (1/2)
"No, I don't think it is possible to shut down (the league) and then run again when you have 100,000 cases of the corona virus," Lehner told Expressen. "Safety goes first."
Lehner added: "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."
At the trade deadline on Feb. 24, in a complicated transaction, Lehner was first traded to the Toronto Maple Leafs in exchange for winger Martins Dzierkals, a 22-year-old unsigned draft pick. Lehner and Dzierkals were then traded to Vegas, getting the Blackhawks goaltender Malcolm Subban, defenseman prospect Slava Demin and Vegas' second-round pick in the 2020 NHL Draft.
The 2019 Vezina Trophy finalist was 16-10-5 as a Hawk this season with a 3.01 goals-against average and a .918 save percentage.
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