Because both Brian Elliott and Pascal Leclaire have one-way contracts, it’s a given that Robin Lehner will be with the AHL Binghamton team this year.
He had a two-way contract that will pay him less if he plays in the minors. Plus, he realistically needs a year of professional experience before being tossed into the NHL fire.
Then again, said coach Cory Clouston, if Lehner continues to play as he did on Tuesday, making 24 saves to blank the Leafs, then maybe a spot has to be made for him.
“If he keeps playing the way he did (Tuesday night), it’d be pretty hard to not have him here,” said Clouston.
“That obviously gives us opportunities to do different things, but that’s a question to (general manager) Bryan (Murray). That’s not a question to me.
“He can’t do anymore than he did (Tuesday night), so we’ll play it game-by-game, and if he forces us to do something that maybe we never envisioned at the start of camp, then that’s a positive thing for us and the organization.
“That gives us a lot more depth in a position that is obviously very, very important.”