Stars hitch wagon to Kari Lehtonen

GM Joe Nieuwendyk counting on goalie to make him look good, lead postseason push

Updated: October 7, 2011, 3:19 AM ET
By Jean-Jacques Taylor | ESPNDallas.com

When the book is written on the Joe Nieuwendyk era, it will be defined by Kari Lehtonen's performance in a leading role.

If Lehtonen continues to flash the ability that led Atlanta to select him No. 2 overall in the 2002 NHL draft and avoid the injuries and inconsistency that led him to become a bust with the Thrashers, the Dallas Stars have a chance to make the playoffs.

The odds say the Stars won't make the playoffs for the third consecutive season, but that's better than having ...

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