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Stars re-sign Lehtonen (5 years/$29.5M)
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09-14-2012, 11:11 AM
Join Date: Jul 2010
Location: New York City
I'm OK with this. Fair deal, not a steal and not really too overpaid. I think I would have been happier with 5.5mil and more importantly probably 4 years, but these aren't game breakers.
As far as Campbell's development goes, this probably is OK. Jimmy Howard didn't become a full starter until he was 25, which is what age Campbell will be when Lehtonen retires. Give him 2-3 years in the AHL, then 2 years as a backup with slightly more games started if his play warrants it. By 2017 he'll be ready to be the starter (or won't be if he's not good enough).
Worst case scenario we move Lehtonen in his last year like Big said. I'm just happy we tied him up instead of playing with uncertainty the next few years, hoping Campbell turns out for the best.
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