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Comrie_fan 09-29-2003 03:54 PM

Lehtonen
 
one start
30 saves on 32 shot wow for a debut

Do u think he can push Dafoe to the number 2 spot this year.

dunwoody_joe 09-29-2003 04:29 PM

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Originally Posted by Comrie_fan
one start
30 saves on 32 shot wow for a debut

Do u think he can push Dafoe to the number 2 spot this year.

I think he could, but it seems that starting in Chicago for the AHL club makes more sense for now. He was sent down today.

I think that Dafoe is trade bait and once that happens, Lehtonen comes up and backs Pasi. His playing time will drop and he'll be shelled some nights but at least he'll be in the NHL.

The kids is still just learning the game and growing into his body. I think he's the real deal!

Holly Gunning 09-29-2003 05:50 PM

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Originally Posted by dunwoody_joe
I think that Dafoe is trade bait and once that happens, Lehtonen comes up and backs Pasi. His playing time will drop and he'll be shelled some nights but at least he'll be in the NHL.

Disagree. Lehtonen needs to play a lot of games, especially this year. The best way to do that is to stay in Chicago. He's a #1 goaltender, not a backup. He'll be pretty much one place or the other from year to year.

Qubax 10-02-2003 07:01 AM

That 30 save performance was in the AHL right...?

So Kari's healthy...?

HE might just get teh rookie of teh eyar in the AHL...

only a few pmore years away...

In The Pasi Lane 10-02-2003 07:11 AM

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Originally Posted by Qubax
That 30 save performance was in the AHL right...?

So Kari's healthy...?

HE might just get teh rookie of teh eyar in the AHL...

only a few pmore years away...

Nope, it was in the NHL. And as far as I can tell, he's healthy again.

dunwoody_joe 10-02-2003 08:03 AM

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Originally Posted by HollyG
Disagree. Lehtonen needs to play a lot of games, especially this year. The best way to do that is to stay in Chicago. He's a #1 goaltender, not a backup. He'll be pretty much one place or the other from year to year.

We'll see Holly.

I would not be surprised to see him in Atlanta this year for some backup duty. A little acclimation to the NHL before claiming the #1 spot.

Actually, I even expect that he'll backup Pasi most of next year.

ATLThrashers15 10-03-2003 06:32 AM

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Originally Posted by dunwoody_joe
We'll see Holly.
Actually, I even expect that he'll backup Pasi most of next year.

I think that all depends on Dafoe's health. And even then, depends on how he is playing in Chicago, and how Pasi is handling the workload of playing so many games. If Kari is player lights out hockey, and Pasi is seemingly getting tired from playing so many games, sure, bring him up and let him play some. That is sorta what Pasi did 2 years ago.

TomHBlain 10-03-2003 08:12 PM

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Originally Posted by ATLThrashers15
I think that all depends on Dafoe's health. And even then, depends on how he is playing in Chicago, and how Pasi is handling the workload of playing so many games. If Kari is player lights out hockey, and Pasi is seemingly getting tired from playing so many games, sure, bring him up and let him play some. That is sorta what Pasi did 2 years ago.

Gonna be harder for Kari now with Nurminen, Dafoe and now Hurme in his way. I have to think that Atlanta will try to dump someone... but I thought that was why they wanted to drop Hnlinka.

ATLThrashers15 10-04-2003 06:17 AM

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Originally Posted by TomHBlain
Gonna be harder for Kari now with Nurminen, Dafoe and now Hurme in his way. I have to think that Atlanta will try to dump someone... but I thought that was why they wanted to drop Hnlinka.

Hurme or Dafoe will get traded. DW has already said a few times contacted him about the Thrashers goaltending situation.

Lessard Fretter 10-04-2003 04:58 PM

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Originally Posted by HollyG
Disagree. Lehtonen needs to play a lot of games, especially this year. The best way to do that is to stay in Chicago. He's a #1 goaltender, not a backup. He'll be pretty much one place or the other from year to year.

I think she's pretty much correct, because it is most important that he plays as much as possible, and he won't be able to do that behind Nurminen in the NHL.

But I could still see Lehtonen getting a few games towards the end of the season depending on the situation.


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