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Thrashers agree to terms with Lehtonen

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Canadian Press
9/7/2006 6:24:52 PM

ATLANTA (CP) - The Atlanta Thrashers have re-signed starting goaltender Kari Lehtonen to a US $3.7-million, two year deal.

The 22-year-old rising star will earn $1.5 million this season and $2.2 million in 2007-08.

''It was critical for us to get this done for two reasons,'' Thrashers GM Don Waddell told The Canadian Press on Thursday. ''Kari missed a lot of time with injuries last year so for him to miss any time in camp (which opens next week) would have been disastrous on both ends. Secondly, we have everybody signed now, which is huge. Last year we didn't have (Ilya) Kovalchuk signed and that was obviously a distraction.''

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