Speculation is running rampant over Atlanta Thrashers goalie Kari Lehtonen and a possible trade with the Dallas Stars. Chris Vivlamore of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution is one of the lead reporters on this story in Atlanta and he’s saying that the deal could be done any time now.
Dallas will be sending prospect Ivan Vishnevskiy to Atlanta in exchange for Lehtonen. The deal opens up trade rumours over the future of Marty Turco, of course, and that could mean that Dallas could be looking to move him soon as well.
Lehtonen is currently worth about $3 million this season and will become an unrestricted free agent, so the move makes sense considering Atlanta’s recent restocking process. Now that the Trashers can use Ondrej Pavelec and veteran Johan Hedberg as a goaltending tandem, Lehtonen’s the obvious odd man out.
Lehtonen hasn’t appeared in a game this season and has just come off a two-week conditioning run with the Chicago Wolves in the AHL. His trade value can’t be all that high because of that, but it looks like the Stars are willing to take the risk.
Turco is set for unrestricted free agency on July 1 and there hasn’t been much talk in Dallas of keeping him in the fold.
UPDATE: This trade is now official. Atlanta is also getting a fourth round draft pick.
Posted by Jordan Richardson.