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09-28-2012, 01:21 PM
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"Underrated" trades

Post trades that were terrific for one team, that nobody seems to talk about. Let's try to stick to trades from the last decade or so, and if possible, give some context for the trade (contract issues, off ice problems, etc.).



I'll start with the Lehtonen deal.

To Dallas: Kari Lehtonen
To Atlanta: Ivan Vishnevskiy and a 4th round pick

This deal happened late in the 2009/10 season. Lehtonen had undergone back surgery around the start of the season, and was only just getting back at the time of the trade, having played a few games in the AHL. He was set to become an RFA in the offseason, so I guess Atlanta didn't want to have to give him a new contract coming off a major injury. Dallas took the chance, and it paid off phenomenally well. He has been one of their best players since the trade, a very solid #1 goalie, and they literally got him for nothing. He was just 26 at the time of the trade too. They didn't even have to pay him that much as an RFA, signing him for 3 years to a $3.55 mil cap hit contract, then extending that contract for another 5 years (at a $5.9 mil cap hit) just a few weeks ago. Not often do you get a good, young #1 goalie for free, but that's exactly what Dallas did.

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