As the deadline hit at 3 p.m. ET, Chicago’s return for Lehner was not immediately clear.
Lehner has been a bright spot in goal for the Blackhawks this season, going 16-10-5 with a 3.01 goals-against average and .918 save percentage. But when combined with teammate Corey Crawford‘s 11-16-3 record (2.82 GAA, .915 save percentage), Chicago is in last place in the Central Division and facing a third straight season without playoff hockey.
The 28-year-old Lehner had signed a one-year, $5 million contract with the Blackhawks during the offseason following a career-resurrecting campaign with the New York Islanders in 2018-19, when he was a Vezina Trophy finalist and won the Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy.
Lehner has spoken about battling mental health and substance abuse issues for much of his nine-year career, and that came to a head in his last season in Buffalo in 2017-18. He sought treatment and turned his life and career around.
Lehner will pair up with Vegas starter Marc-Andre Fleury as the Golden Knights gear up for a potential third straight postseason appearance. With 76 points, Vegas is in first place in the Pacific Division.