Lehner made the allegations on Twitter Saturday in an effort, he instructed ESPN, to name consideration to the surgical procedure stalemate between his former teammate Jack Eichel and the Buffalo Sabres.
The Swedish goalie threatened to launch one story a day except issues “get fastened.”
“I’ve made loopy quantity of errors,” Lehner wrote on Twitter. “However mendacity about what I’ve seen for 12 years is just not one in every of them. I do not care what they are saying I do not lie about these items. … I will preserve going. Have saved tales for a yr. Watch now when nhl will strive cancel me.”
Lehner, 30, claimed benzodiazepines and Ambien are recurrently given to gamers for journey, and that “many groups with out prescription simply hand it out.” The goalie stated that the Golden Knights weren’t a type of groups, however implied that he has been on groups which have engaged in these practices.
Lehner has hung out with the Ottawa Senators, Sabres, New York Islanders and Chicago Blackhawks over the course of his profession earlier than becoming a member of the Golden Knights through the 2019-20 season.
Is it widespread for work locations to present out benzodiazepines to staff once they journey and ambien ? Ought to that not be executed by medical doctors or psychiatrist? Asking for a pal 👀 this does not occur in Vegas to be clear. However I do know many different groups. I additionally been in on groups that do?
— Robin Lehner (@RobinLehner) October 3, 2021
Lehner instructed ESPN that he was unsettled that extra individuals weren’t “speaking about what is going on on with Jack, and stepping up for him.” Lehner stated he wished extra gamers spoke up on Eichel’s behalf.
Lehner and Eichel have been teammates in Buffalo for 3 seasons, from 2015-2018.
The 24-year-old Eichel has been out since March with a herniated disk in his neck. After battling with group administration over the correct therapy for the damage, Eichel requested a commerce and has been stripped of his captaincy.
The Sabres choose Eichel to obtain a fusion surgical procedure, which might have him again on the ice in six weeks. Eichel’s medical doctors have instructed a disk alternative surgical procedure, which might have him sidelined for six months, however carries a a lot decrease danger that the middle would want future surgical procedures later in life. The disk alternative surgical procedure has by no means been carried out on an NHL participant.
Underneath NHL collective bargaining settlement guidelines, groups have the ultimate say on how one can deal with accidents. Eichel will start the 2021-22 season on injured reserve, and now could be susceptible to lacking out on a roster spot for Staff USA on the 2022 Olympics in Beijing.
Lehner, who is without doubt one of the NHL’s most vocal psychological well being advocates, stated it was unfair that Eichel’s state of affairs had dragged on this lengthy, and felt he wanted to take issues into his personal arms.
On Friday, Lehner tweeted his frustration about “silence” from the gamers affiliation.