Vegas Golden Knights goalkeeper Robin Lehner accused NHL teams of medical malpractice, including offering Ambien and benzodiazepines to players without prescriptions.
Lehner made the allegations via Twitter on Saturday in an effort to draw attention to the operation between his former teammate Jack Eichel and the Buffalo Sabers, he told ESPN’s Emily Kaplan.
Lehner tweeted that Ambien and benzodiazepines are regularly given to players for travel and that “many teams just hand it out without a prescription.” He added that the Golden Knights were not one of those teams, but suggested the Philadelphia Flyers were one such club and called for the resignation of head coach Alain Vigneault.
NHL Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly told ESPN the league is trying to set up an interview with Lehner to learn more about his allegations. However, Lehner said he had heard nothing about the competition on Sunday afternoon.
Lehner also told ESPN that he was concerned that more people weren’t talking about the dispute between Eichel and the Sabers. The experienced netminder expressed his support for Eichel in a series of tweets on Saturday.
Eichel missed most of the 2020-21 season due to a hernia in his neck, and since then he and the Sabers have been at a stalemate over how to move forward with the injury.
The Sabers want Eichel to fix the condition with neck fusion surgery, while the Boston University product wants to undergo an artificial disc replacement procedure. Buffalo has denied Eichel’s preferred method and continues to push for fusion surgery.
Lehner played with Eichel in Buffalo from 2015-18 before joining the New York Islanders and later the Chicago Blackhawks. He has been with the Golden Knights since 2019.