The three headed monster is finally two-pronged. And no, I’m not referring to Robin Lehner’s goatee.
Today the Senators announced that they had returned Lehner back to their AHL affiliate in Binghamton. The decision to move the lauded prospect can hardly be categorized as a surprise. Given Ben Bishop’s contractual situation – a one-way deal that would necessitate putting him through waivers to send him to the AHL – the flexibility that Lehner’s two-way contract affords the organization two things: 1) an opportunity to maximize the value for either Bishop or number one starter Craig Anderson; and 2) an opportunity for Lehner to continue playing and develop instead of languishing on Ottawa’s bench.
It’s a business decision that even Lehner is cognizant of.
Lehner says it's disappointing to be sent down but understands the process. He's looking forward to the AHL All Star game. #Sens
— Steve Lloyd (@Steve_Lloyd) January 22, 2013