Ottawa Senators goaltender Robin Lehner is seething about a last-minute stick change forced upon him by the NHL.
He has accepted a two-inch reduction in the length of his pads but he’s irate about the league’s decision to reduce his stick length to 26 inches from a 28-inch version he has used for the past five seasons. Lehner didn’t learn about the need to switch until midway through training camp when told by an equipment representative.
“I’ve got to bend my back now I’ve got to bend my legs more I’ve got to change my posture and all that kind of stuff” Lehner said following Senators practice Wednesday. “I can understand (reducing the size of) equipment but to touch the stick … it’s like telling a player that has been shooting with their stick for their whole life … go to (Jason Spezza) take his stick and cut if off three or four inches and expect him to get his shot every time. It’s the same for us except we’re not shooting. We just have to get comfortable in our stance. It’s