Looking to bolster their goaltending situation for a playoff run, the Dallas Stars acquired goaltender Kari Lehtonen from the Atlanta Thrashers on Tuesday night in exchange for defenseman Ivan Vishnevskiy and a fourth-round selection in the 2010 Entry Draft.
Lehtonen, who was recalled from a conditioning stint in Chicago (AHL) on Feb. 7, posted a 1-1-2 record with a 2.67 goals-against average and a .899 save percentage in four outings with Atlanta's top affiliate. He last played in an NHL game on April 11, 2009, when he made 33 saves in a win against the Tampa Bay Lightning.
In four seasons with the Thrashers, Lehtonen posted a 94-83-17 record with a 2.87 GAA and a .912 save percentage in 204 games. He holds Thrashers franchise records by a goaltender in games played (204), wins (94), save percentage (.912) and shutouts (14).
Lehtonen, 26, was selected by the Thrashers in the first round, second overall, of the 2002 NHL Entry Draft.
"Kari Lehtonen is a proven elite goaltender," Stars GM Joe Nieuwendyk said. "We are very excited to add him to our hockey clib."
Vishnevskiy, 21, was held scoreless in two games with Dallas this year and has posted 24 points (eight goals, 16 assists) in 51 AHL games with the Texas Stars. Vishnevskiy, a former first-round pick (No. 27, 2006) will report to the Chicago Wolves of the American Hockey League.