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Kari Lehtonen | Goalie

Team: Dallas Stars
Age / DOB:  (31) / 11/16/1983
Ht / Wt:  6'4' / 210
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Dallas Stars owner Tom Gagliardi thinks Kari Lehtonen could feel more at ease in 2015-16.
"I think it is pretty hard on Kari when we give him a night off and we never win," Gagliardi said referring to the lack of success from the team's backups. "Kari had an off year, and while we don't think that will happen again, our backups haven't been good enough since I have been here (became Stars owner in 2011). So we discussed the 1A/1B view because there are so few backups now." Lehtonen's understudies have combined for a 14-23-1 record over the past two seasons. The Stars will have Antti Niemi battle with Lehtonen for starts and they are hoping it makes both of their goaltenders better. The competition may take some pressure off of Lehtonen's shoulders, but it also might result in him sitting on the bench more than he wants to. Aug 11 - 10:12 AM

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Dallas Stars General Manager Jim Nill believes that his team is lucky to have two number one goaltenders on the roster.

Kari Lehtonen is back for the 2015-16 season, while the team went out and signed Antti Niemi this off-season. We just think having two elite goalies is going to make a big difference for us," said Nill. "We're lucky. It's manageable with our cap situation. We have the flexibility to do that and I really believe it's becoming a two-goalie league. It's hard for one goalie with all of this travel and back-to-backs. The league is so close. If you can win an extra two or three games because you have a rested, healthy, very competitive No. 1 goalie that you can put in any time is going to make a big difference."
Aug 2 - 7:45 AM

Stars GM Jim Nill reiterated Wednesday that he isn't shopping Kari Lehtonen, but he admitted that he is taking a hard look at the goaltending situation of the team.

"We have a lot of decisions to make, and we're in the process of trying to make them," Nill said. One of those decisions was to place Jussi Rynnas on unconditional waivers Thursday. Trying to move Lehtonen would be complicated because he has three years remaining on his contract at $5.9 million and he has a no-trade clause. However, it sounds like Nill would prefer to help get Lehtonen back on track. "What's impressed me is the fact Kari feels he didn't do a good enough job and he wants to do everything he can to fix it," Nill said. "So we have to look at how he prepares himself and how we support him, and how he can be better, and how we can help him be better."
Jun 11 - 5:17 PM

Despite GM Jim Nill's assertions that Kari Lehtonen won't be moved there are still sources that say the Stars are shopping their number one goalie.

The Edmonton Oilers are believed to be in the market for a netminder, so Lehtonen could be an option. According to rumors, the Oilers have also been linked to Robin Lehner and John Gibson, but David Staples of the Edmonton Journal believes the Oilers would be better off signing pending unrestricted free agent Karri Ramo.
Jun 10 - 2:10 PM

Dallas GM Jim Nill says that he sees starting goaltender Kari Lehtonen "as part of the solution" towards turning the Stars into champions.

It seems fair to assert that Lehtonen's .903 save percentage and 2.94 GAA over 65 starts was the primary reason why the Stars failed to reach the playoffs this season. However Nill would rather "nail down a strong defender who worries about his own end first," than buy-out or trade the veteran netminder. Lehtonen dings the cap at $5.9M for another three seasons, and turns 32 in November. Nill is certainly correct that his defense needs to be beefed up, but Lehtonen isn't exactly known for his annual goaltending prowess.
Apr 14 - 6:35 PM

Dallas needs a better season from Kari Lehtonen in 2015-16.

He tied a career high in wins, while posting a 34-17-10 record, but he had a 2.94 goals-against average (36th) and a .903 save percentage (41st). "The goalies are part of the team, and they know they have to be better," Stars GM Jim Nill said. "It wasn't Kari's best season, and he admits that, and he's got to be better. We need to have him. To win in this league, you have to have good a goalie." Lehtonen admits that he needs to be better at managing his highs and lows, so if he can gain some confidence early next season it will go a long to helping him overcome his mental hurdles.
Apr 14 - 10:50 AM

Kari Lehtonen got crushed in a 7-5 loss to the St. Louis Blues Friday night before getting pulled in the third period.

The Stars dominated the Blues Friday night but Lehtonen wasn’t able to notch the win after one of his worst starts of the season. Lehtonen was pulled in the third period after stopping just 13 of 19 shots and the loss drops his record to 34-17-10.
Apr 3 - 11:34 PM

Kari Lehtonen will get the start in goal for the Stars against the Blues Friday night.

He is coming off a brutal 5-3 loss to the Flames in which he allowed four goals in less than two periods. We just can't recommend the inconsistent Lehtonen, especially since the Stars have officially been eliminated from the playoff hunt.
Apr 3 - 12:42 PM

Kari Lehtonen made just 15 saves before being pulled during the 37th minute of Monday's 5-3 loss to Calgary. Jhonas Enroth finished the game.

What little hope the Stars had of sneaking into the playoffs may have just gone up in smoke, as they now trail the Jets by six points for the final Wild Card slot with the Kings in between. Lehtonen was not good in this game, but his defense wasn't any good either. A persistent issue all season long. This is the 17th time this season he's allowed at least four goals, winning just three of those games. Lehtonen's record now stands at 34-16-10 with a .906 save percentage and a 2.88 GAA this year.
Mar 31 - 1:54 AM

Kari Lehtonen will be between the pipes Monday night when the Stars host the Flames.

Lehtonen has won four of the Stars last five games during this critical time as the Stars push for a playoff spot. He will take on a Calgary team that he’s handled successfully in his previous two starts this season, winning both starts and posting a 1.92 goals-against-average and .929 save percentage. On the season he has a 34-15-10 record and a mediocre 2.84 GAA and .907 save percentage.
Mar 30 - 5:11 PM

Kari Lehtonen gave up three goals on 35 shots in the Stars’ 4-3 overtime win against the Canucks on Saturday night.

Dallas looked like the sure winners until the Canucks tied the game in regulation on the power play with 1:32 remaining. Lehtonen gave up a goal in each period. He has a 2.84 goals-against average and .907 save percentage.
Mar 29 - 1:00 AM

Look for Kari Lehtonen to be the starter against the Canucks Saturday night.

Although he had a tough night against the Oilers on Friday allowing four goals on 28 shots in a 4-0 loss, we suspect coach Lindy Ruff will turn back to Lehtonen until the Stars are mathematically eliminated from the playoffs. Plus, Lehtonen is 2-0 against Vancouver this season.
Mar 28 - 1:14 PM

Kari Lehtonen had a tough night, making just 24 saves in Friday night's 4-0 loss to Edmonton.

Lehtonen didn't have a good night, and he was even beaten on a penalty shot that didn't feature a deke. But his defense was out-worked in the defensive zone all night long as well, and it showed on the scoreboard. Lehtonen's record drops to 33-15-10 with a .907 save percentage and a 2.84 GAA.
Mar 28 - 12:34 AM

Kari Lehtonen will get the start against the Edmonton Oilers on Friday night.

Lehtonen comes in with a 33-14-10 record, a .908 save percentage and a 2.82 GAA through 61 games this season. However he also owns just 28 Quality Starts against nine Really Bad Starts. Lehtonen is 12-3-1 record with a .927 save percentage and a 2.23 GAA in 17 career starts versus Edmonton.
Mar 27 - 5:59 PM

Kari Lehtonen turned aside 31-of-34 shots in a 4-3 SO win over Calgary on Wednesday.

Lehtonen has won four straight games and seven of his last eight starts in a very nice stretch of play the Stars. His numbers haven't great on the season with a very pedestrian 2.82 goals-against-average and .908 save percentage in 61 games. He has compiled a pretty nice 33-14-10 record thanks to some good goal support. He is a good start in daily fantasy formats but it is unlikely any of his owners in season long pools made a run at the fantasy playoffs unless he was a secondary option.
Mar 26 - 1:30 AM

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