Thrashers sign G Lehtonen to multiyear deal

ATLANTA -- The Atlanta Thrashers on Thursday signed
goaltender Kari Lehtonen to a multiyear contract.

Financial terms were not disclosed, but The Atlanta
Journal-Constitution reported it was for two years and $3.7

The second overall pick in 2002, Lehtonen had a 20-15-0 record
with a 2.94 goals-against average and two shutouts in 38 games
with the Thrashers last season.

Lehtonen, 22, was sidelined for 41 games last season with a groin
injury, but still was able to set a franchise record with 28
consecutive starts.

Since making his NHL debut at the end of the 2003-04 season,
Lehtonen has posted a 24-15-0 record, a 2.77 goals-against
average and a .910 save percentage with three shutouts in 42
career games.

A native of Finland, Lehtonen represented his country in the
2006 Winter Olympics, the 2002 and 2003 World Championships and
the 2001 World Junior Championships.

Prior to his NHL career, Lehtonen played for Jokerit Helsinki in
the top Finnish hockey league where he won consecutive
goaltender of the year awards in 2001-2002 and 2002-2003.

SportsTicker and The Associated Press contributed to this report.