Robin Lehner returns to the famous sword photo of Marc-André Fleury's agent

Published August 11, 2021 at 6:41

Vegas Golden Knights goalie Robin Lehner received a lot of flak when Marc-Andre Fleury's agent tweeted the famous photo of Marc-Andre Fleury with a sword in his back during the 2019-2020 Stanley Cup Playoffs.

Apparently feeling betrayed by his client's reduced playoff time, Allan Walsh posted a photo on Aug. 22 that showed a bloody sword, engraved with Golden Knights coach Peter DeBoer's last name, stabbing Fleury in the back.


Walsh has since deleted the tweet, apparently at Fleury's request, but it's an experience Lehner won't soon forget. The Swedish goalie recently opened up about the adventure while appearing on "The Cam & Strick Podcast".

"When I opened my phone and saw it, I was laughing. I was like, 'What's going on here? That kind of screwed me up... I got a lot of criticism on social media for that because it was kind of like Walsh rallying the cult of Fleury against me." - Robin Lehner

Vegas leaned heavily on Lehner during the playoffs after acquiring him at the 2020 trade deadline. The Swedish goalie started 14 games while Fleury only got the nod three times (excluding the three round-robin games before the playoffs officially began).

"It wasn't easy to be on my phone and social media during that time. I was the starting goalie trying to win the Stanley Cup. It's probably not the best tactic, but (Walsh) is passionate about his own player." - Robin Lehner

The 30-year-old had said the message made Walsh look "terrible," but Lehner has since said he's gotten to know the agent and hails him as one of the few fighting for the rights of NHL players. Lehner recalled meeting Fleury shortly after seeing the dramatic tweet.

"Fleury comes up to me and immediately says, "I'm sorry, sorry about that." I started laughing, we both started laughing. It was no big deal" Robin Lehner

Lehner and Fleury cemented their status as the league's best tandem, winning the William M. Jennings Trophy for their work in the crease this past campaign. The Knights traded Fleury to the Chicago Blackhawks earlier this offseason. Lehner, meanwhile, had signed a five-year contract with the club in October 2020.
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