From Kevin Allen @ USA Today:
The possible deal that looks more inviting would involve No. 1 goalie Kari Lehtonen. He's a very talented goaltender, a former No. 1 pick. He's big, mobile and has big game potential.
But the Thrashers also have Ondrej Pavelec, who potentially could turn out to be as accomplished as Lehtonen.
If the Thrashers decided to deal Pavelec, he hasn't been around enough to command a hefty return. But if the Thrashers trade Lehtonen, they could probably land at least two good young players.
Wouldn't Lehtonen be a good fit with the Kings' young talent in Los Angeles? He could possibly be a good fit in Ottawa or maybe Colorado or a couple of other teams.
The point is simply that there would be a market for Lehtonen and the Thrashers could land a strong return.
That's at least something to ponder, particularly because he will be a restricted free agent after this season.
I like Kevin Allen. He's never been one to trash the Thrash just cause it's cool, and he's never suggested contracting the entire Southeast Division* - just a very even, very knowledgeable hockey writer.
But I think he's wrong here.
What if we created one of those "goalie controversies" that we hear about from other, more established franchises? What if we kept Kari, but mixed it up occasionally with Pavs? Is the Pony ready for that kind of gig? What would we then do with Moose? Hmmm....
I'm not sayin... I'm just sayin....
*I know he was just joshin.... still rankled some folks.... wasn't very nice...