Stars' Lehtonen signs five-year extension
Dallas Stars goalie Kari Lehtonen (R) stops Vancouver Canucks' Chris Higgins during the first period of their NHL hockey game in Vancouver, British Columbia March 30, 2012. (REUTERS)
The Dallas Stars gave a five-year, $29.5-million extension Friday to their top goalie, Kari Lehtonen. The 28-year-old is now under contract through 2017-18.
Lehtonen, 28, was acquired by the Stars in February 2010 from the Atlanta Thrashers in exchange for defenceman Ivan Vishnevskiy and a fourth-round draft pick (centre Ivan Telegin).
Lehtonen had 32-22-4 record last season with a 2.33 goals-against average and a .922 save percentage.
"Kari Lehtonen has worked extremely hard in his time with the Dallas Stars to establish himself as an elite goaltender in the NHL," Stars general manager Joe Nieuwendyk said. "We believe that his best days as a goaltender are ahead, and that his work ethic and leadership will help guide this team into a perennial Stanley Cup contender."
In 344 career games, the Helsinki native has a 166-133-32 record with 21 shutouts and a 2.71 GAA.