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What’s Happened To Kari Lehtonen?

from Allan Muir of Sports Illustrated,

Some quick thoughts ahead of a busy hockey weekend:

• Here's an almost unbelievable stat: It has been one year since the Stars got a win in a game that was started by their backup goaltender. That, however, should change soon. Kari Lehtonen's play has hit rock bottom. He allowed three goals on 14 shots before being pulled on Thursday night in Florida and has posted a save percentage of .826 or lower in four of his past five starts. His confidence is blown, his mechanics are off (his glove and his side-to-side motion, in particular), and his teammates play like they expect the worst to happen at any moment. Even coach Lindy Ruff, a man who will take a bullet for his players, has had enough, calling out Lehtonen for not matching the efforts of the other Stars.

It wasn't that long ago that the Stars believed Lehtonen was a player who could help them get to the next level. Now? They have to be wondering whether they can get his head on straight by next season, or if they should look in another direction. Moving him won't be easy, though, not with three years remaining on a deal that carries a cap hit of $5.9 million. 

continue plus more topics including a look at the Simon Despres trade...

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Slumpy's avatar

Never been a fan of his goaltending. Nill better hope Jack Campbell pans out eventually because I don’t think Enroth is the answer.

Soderberg becoming a UFA this summer will get plenty of offers.

Posted by Slumpy from Under My Wheels on 03/06/15 at 05:45 PM ET

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