Just before the NHL lockout became official, the Dallas Stars signed Kari Lehtonen to a five-year contract extension. The contract keeps Lehtonen in Dallas until the end of the 2018 season, when he will be 35.
Lehtonen has stepped up over the past two seasons in order to earn an extension and cement his place as the franchise goalie of the future.
Well, mission accomplished.
The new deal pays $6.25 million per year in the first two years, $6 million in the following two years and $5 million in the final year.
Even with the uncertainty of what the cap will be in the future, the Stars have Lehtonen on the books for an average of $5.9 million a season. Over the past few seasons, he has proven to be worth it.