Buying stock in Kari Lehtonen
March, 30, 2010
By Richard Durrett | ESPNDallas.com
I think I'm ready to buy stock in Stars goalie Kari Lehtonen. I don't make that statement lightly. I've watched him and wondered if he could be consistent enough.
Stars general manager Joe Nieuwendyk made a smart trade at the deadline in that he needed to get some sort of goalie in place for next season. But I wondered if the club would need to continue its search in the summer or if Lehtonen, who hadn't played in NHL game since last April when the trade happened, could prove he was worthy.
But 4-2 with a 2.33 goals-against average and a .935 save percentage is solid and consistent. Some nights his defense has played better than others, yet for the most part Lehtonen has kept his team in games. Just looking at him, he doesn't appear to get rattled after bad goals and is smooth out there. He may have gotten tired at the end of last night's game, but that doesn't erase what he's done the last few weeks.
Can he do it over the course of an entire NHL season? I don't know. But I've seen enough that I'd like to find out next season. What do you think?