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Thrashers goaltending glut could lead to trade

Posted on: November 11, 2008 2:38 pm

Atlanta GM Don Waddell is looking to spark his team, and one way of doing that would be bringing in some offensive help for one of the team's three goalies, says the Toronto Sun.

The Sun speculates Kari Lehtonen, a second overall pick in 2002, could be on the move. The Finn, 24, is a relative bargain at $3 million. Lehtonen will be a restricted free agent in July.

Atlanta recently recalled highly touted prospect Ondrej Pavelec, who is 2-0-0 in his first three appearances, to join Lehtonen and Johan Hedberg, a reliable, veteran backup, on the roster.

The Edmonton Oilers, Los Angeles Kings and Ottawa Senators are looking to improve their goaltending situations, but the Sun says the Boston Bruins, Detroit Red Wings and Philadelphia Flyers may also inquire about Lehtonen's services.


Since: Sep 8, 2006
Posted on: November 13, 2008 10:21 am

Thrashers goaltending glut could lead to trade

So why is Rask not in the NHL then? Thomas keeps showing up his naysayers, but if Rask was that close to being the future of the B's, why would they not get him started now? I can't see them trading for Lehtonen because they'd have to give up a quality offensive player, if they think they are going to continue to compete for the division title they'll need these sort of guys. Thomas and Fernandez are long in the tooth, but if they keep winning...

Lehtonen in Detroit would make them instant favourites to repeat. Their weakness is in net. The question is whether Lehtonen would be as effective stopping 20 shots a game as he is stopping 40. Some goalies can't make that transition. The reduced workload might let him stay healthy though and when he's healthy he is one of the top goalies.


Since: Jun 21, 2008
Posted on: November 13, 2008 10:11 am

Thrashers goaltending glut could lead to trade

There's no way the bruins would trade for Lehtonen. They have Tuukka Rask in the AHL. He is a legitimate NHL goalie.

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