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Tuesday, August 24, 2010
Kari Lehtonen on Jere Lehtinen

By Mark Stepneski

There's still no word on whether Jere Lehtinen will play this coming season. Stars coach Marc Crawford has said he’d love to have Lehtinen return. Stars goalie Kari Lehtonen would love to see his fellow Finn suit up for another season as well, but he doesn’t know which way Lehtinen is leaning.

“I saw him back in Finland and we talked once in a while. He’s a mystery man. No one knows what’s going on,” said Lehtonen, who spent a couple weeks in Finland this summer. “Everybody is trying to push him to come back. He’s one of those guys that everybody just gets energy from.  He always gives everything, whether it is practice or a game.  Hopefully we can get him back.”

Lehtinen has been slowed by injuries the past three seasons and that’s taken a toll. He is deciding if he wants to go through the grind of another season.  The Stars have been willing to give Lehtinen as much time as he needs to make the call.

Lehtinen is back in town because his kids are going to attend school in the Dallas area this year.  And with training camp a little more than three weeks away, his decision could be coming soon.

TV tidbits

The television schedule for the Dallas Stars should be out soon and there was some encouraging news on that front today. The Stars put this out on their official Twitter account late Tuesday afternoon:
TV schedule is being finalized and it looks as though all 82 games will be available in HD this season.

The NHL is expected to release the broadcast schedules for national carriers like NBC, Versus, CBC, TSN and others on Wednesday.