Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Thrashers trade G Kari Lehtonen to Stars

The Atlanta Thrashers have pulled the trigger once again. TSN is reporting that they have traded enigmatic goaltender Kari Lehtonen to the Dallas Stars in exchange for defenseman Ivan Vishnevskiy and a 4th Round draft pick.

Puckwatch's Take:
Atlanta gains something they can use, a good young defenseman, while they forfeit a goaltender who had a lot of pressure on him but was never able to become the goaltender he was supposed to be, thanks in large part to injuries. Without a doubt, the emergence of Ondrej Pavelec provides the Thrashers with an abundance of goaltending talent that gave way to this trade.

Dallas on the other hand has a few more questions to answer. This move may spell the end of Marty Turco's time in "Big D". Turco has struggled this year, so much so that the former Canadian Olympian has never been mentioned in the same breath as the top 5-10 Canadian goalies all year. Interestingly, Alex Auld had been getting a lot of playing time lately, this may not be a vote of confidence in him either.

Look for both Dallas and Atlanta to continue trading as the NHL trade deadline approaches.

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