Dallas Stars General Manager Joe Nieuwendyk announced this evening that the hockey club has acquired goaltender Kari Lehtonen from the Atlanta Thrashers in exchange for defenseman Ivan Vishnevskiy and Dallas’ fourth round pick in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft.
Vishnevskiy, 21, has spent most of this season with the Texas Stars (AHL), playing in 51 games (8 goals, 16 assists) with 18 penalty minutes. He also appeared in two NHL games with Dallas, and was chosen as a 2010 All-Star for the PlanetUSA All-Stars. Vishnevskiy was Dallas’ first round selection (27th overall) in the 2006 NHL Entry Draft. He has played in five career NHL games, earning two assists.
Lehtonen, 26, is an NHL veteran goaltender who has played his entire career with Atlanta. He was the second overall pick in the 2002 NHL Entry Draft by the Thrashers. Lehtonen has appeared in 204 career NHL games, earning a 94-83-17 record with a 2.87 goals-against-average (GAA) and 14 shutouts. His career save percentage of 91.2 percent ranks 16th among the 44 active goalies with 100-or-more games played.
Tuesday, February 9, 2010
Stars All-Star D Ivan Vishnevskiy traded to Atlanta
The Dallas Stars announced tonight that they have traded Texas Stars defenseman Ivan Vishnevskiy to the Atlanta Thrashers with a 4th round pick for goaltender Kari Lehtonen. Vish was a scratch for tonight's game. I figured he was getting the callup to Dallas with Fistric injured, but it was not so. Vishnevskiy was the top scoring defenseman on the Texas Stars. I had looked forward to watching his game develop in the NHL, but not with Atlanta. This trade helps the Texas Stars not at all, as we lose Vish and get no AHL players in return. With a heavy heart, here's the press release: