The NHL annually hands out the Masterton trophy to the player who “best exemplifies the qualities of perseverance, sportsmanship, and dedication to ice hockey.”
The league is pretty much testing all of those qualities with the trophy they delivered to this year’s winner, goalie Robin Lehner.
Lehner, you see, had an extraordinary year for the New York Islanders after going public with his battles against alcoholism and bipolar disorder. He finished the season with a career-best 2.13 goals against average and a second-place finish in the Metropolitan Division. The award was very well-deserved.
There’s just one little problem with it...
Robin Lehner did not play for the New York Rangers last season. He won’t play for the New York Rangers next season. He did, at one time, play for the Buffalo Sabres, but definitely not the Rangers.