Robin Lehner knew he might stay at his former weight and proceed to be a profitable goaltender.
However after turning 30 in July, Lehner began to ponder his long-term future. And the Golden Knights goaltender realized if he needed to play past the 4 years left on his contract, modifications wanted to be made.
Lehner went to work reshaping his physique and was noticeably trimmer Thursday because the Knights opened coaching camp at Metropolis Nationwide Enviornment.
“Individuals can debate it, however the final three years I’ve been heavy,” Lehner stated. “Right here in Vegas they prefer it flashy, so I have to be somewhat quicker. We’ll see what I can do.”
Lehner is listed at 240 kilos on the official NHL web site, however stated he gained weight after present process therapy for drug and alcohol dependancy in 2018. He referenced his treatment, presumably for his bipolar 1 situation, as one of many causes for the burden acquire.
Alongside the way in which, Lehner tailored his model of play in internet to swimsuit his expanded dimension, remaining deeper within the crease and counting on his capability to learn performs as they unfold. He referred to his method as “calculated dishonest” and joked after his lunging glove save in opposition to Vancouver within the 2020 postseason that “massive man can transfer when he desires to.”
However he additionally appeared to know he was tempting destiny long run by carrying the surplus weight and likewise leaving himself extra vulnerable to damage.
“It’s simply extra precaution,” Lehner stated. “As I stated on Twitter, my spouse likes me somewhat bit higher lighter, too.”
Lehner began coaching with John Wooden, who owns Syndicate MMA in Las Vegas. Wooden posted an image of the fitter Lehner on his Instagram account Sept. 15 after a exercise.
Individuals need me skinny this 12 months so I suppose kung fu panda wants a brand new nickname quickly 😂 https://t.co/Djl8P9ZAiM
— Robin Lehner (@RobinLehner) September 16, 2021
Lehner additionally used blended martial arts coaching earlier than the 2016-17 season with Buffalo and went on to have his finest season with the Sabres, posting a 2.68 goals-against common and .920 save share in 59 video games for a crew that missed the playoffs.
When requested how a lot weight he’s misplaced, Lehner stated he hasn’t gotten on the size. However he plans to maintain shedding kilos main as much as the season opener Oct. 12 in opposition to Seattle.
“He seems to be superior. You’ll be able to inform how exhausting he labored,” coach Pete DeBoer stated. “I didn’t see him all summer time. He walked within the door, appeared like a unique man. So you’ll be able to see he’s put within the work.”
— Robin Lehner (@RobinLehner) September 23, 2021
Lehner was stricken by a concussion final season and missed greater than a month, however teamed with Marc-Andre Fleury to win the Jennings Trophy for fewest objectives allowed.
With Fleury in Chicago after an offseason commerce, Lehner is predicted to shoulder the load in internet for the Knights. Since 2018-19, Lehner ranks second within the league in save share (.923) amongst goaltenders with 50 or extra appearances.
Lehner stated he must regulate to his slimmer body and the elevated quickness that comes with it. Nevertheless it ought to enable him to play a extra numerous model.
“I believe it modifications my sport somewhat bit,” he stated.
As proof, Lehner flashed a windmill glove save through the crew’s scrimmage Thursday and joked afterward he discovered it from Fleury.
”I believe it’s going to be a studying factor for me with dropping extra weight even earlier than the season begins,” Lehner stated. “You’re there somewhat bit too quick. Little timing issues, however we’ll work on it. And I believe I can add some issues to my sport.”