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With so much about the Ottawa Senators organization still up in the air, is it any surprise that there are questions about what to do with goaltender Robin Lehner?
For the next few days, GM Bryan Murray wants 19-year-old goaltender Robin Lehner to return to the American Hockey League from the world junior tournament, where he starred for Sweden.Don’t be surprised, however, if the netminder is back in Ottawa playing games as early as next week.
“I would like to see him play back in Binghamton over the weekend and then see how we do and make a decision based on that,” Murray said Wednesday. “I wish Robin would have made another stop against the Russians (a 4-3 shootout loss in the semifinals) and been in the final game against Canada. That would have been a heck of a test for him. I thought he played well in a tournament.”
And speaking of goaltenders, Pascal Leclaire was finally back at practice Wednesday, for the first time since suffering a “lower body” injury in mid-December.
Well, sort of.
Leclaire lasted for half of the workout and is expected to take part for all of Thursday’s practice in Chicago and will back-up Brian Elliott on Friday.
“A good first step,” he said. “I’ve been skating by my own for the last couple of days. It’s a little better every day, and I will try a little bit more (Thursday).”
Leclaire didn’t set a timetable for a possible return to game action. “The last four or five days I have been making a little progress every day. I just want to make sure I don’t blow my tires too quick and do too much, but it’s always trying to push it to the limit a little bit every day.”