Lehner impresses in debut

Sens goalie Robin Lehner gets congratulated on his shutout against the Leafs on Tuesday. (QMI...

Sens goalie Robin Lehner gets congratulated on his shutout against the Leafs on Tuesday. (QMI Agency/Stan Behal)

DON BRENNAN, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 3:29 PM ET

TORONTO -- Just 19 and entering his first season as a pro, Robin Lehner's ticket to Binghamton isn't punched yet.

The big Swedish 'tender may yet have a shot at unseating Pascal Leclaire or Brian Elliott for a job in Ottawa.

"If he keeps playing the way he did (Tuesday) night, it would be pretty hard to not have him here," coach Cory Clouston said Wednesday morning at the Air Canada Centre, referring to Lehner's 24-save shutout in the Senators first pre-season game. "That obviously gives us opportunities to do different things, but that's a question to (GM) Bryan (Murray), that's not a question to me.

"I mean, he can't do anything more than he did last night. So we'll play it game by game, and if he forces us to do something we never maybe 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 obviously is very, very important."

Elliott probably should feel the most heat as his contact is $4 million a year less than the one in Leclaire's pocket. Elliott will get the start and is scheduled to go the distance when the Senators take on the Maple Leafs Wednesday in the second of back-to-back pre-season game.


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