Thread: Confirmed with Link: Stars re-sign Lehtonen (5 years/$29.5M)
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09-14-2012, 03:08 PM
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I'm alright with this, but I wouldn't say I'm a huge fan of the deal itself. More of a fan of just this meaning that Kari will be a Star well into the future.

Like Alistar, I have a hard time justifying big contracts for goalies. Anything over 5 million makes me nervous. That said, it's not too much over that mark, and the term is eminently reasonable.

I really couldn't care less how this effects Campbell. That mistake has already been made, you don't continue to make other mistakes in order to clear room for him. The only time you ever even start thinking about that is if he makes the NHL and starts dominating as the backup.

The bottom line is that we have one of the most talented goalies in the league under contract through the prime of his career -- and not beyond. Might be a slight overpayment (and I'm not talking about market value here but absolute theoretical value) but it's something you can live with. Definitely a case of a bird in the hand being worth 2 in the bush.

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