Robin Lehner to miss rest of season, undergo surgery

Robin Lehner’s season is over.

The Golden Knights announced Monday the goaltender will undergo shoulder surgery and miss the final three games of the season.

“Robin has done his best to battle through this injury he sustained Feb. 9, and we were hopeful that rest and rehab would allow him to complete the season,” the organization said in a statement. “At times rest and rehab were effective, but ultimately Robin, in consultation with team medical staff, determined that this is the best course of action.”

ESPN and The Athletic reported Friday that Lehner was set to have season-ending surgery for a lower-body injury, but the Knights vehemently refuted those reports. Coach Pete DeBoer and general manager Kelly McCrimmon said Friday there was nothing physically to limit Lehner from playing.

McCrimmon declined to comment Monday.

Despite carrying an injury that requires surgery, Lehner had to serve as the backup for Sunday’s 5-4 shootout loss to San Jose. According to CapFriendly.com and PuckPedia.com, the Knights did not have enough salary cap space to recall a goaltender from Henderson after activating forward William Carrier from long-term injured reserve, but now qualify for a goalie emergency exception call-up.

Jiri Patera was brought up Monday from the Silver Knights to serve as the backup to Logan Thompson.

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