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Lehtonen fills need moving forward

Trade for goalie with upside lets Stars shop Turco, provides option for next season

Updated: February 10, 2010, 12:59 AM ET
By Richard Durrett | ESPNDallas.com

The Marty Turco era in Dallas is coming to an end.

General manager Joe Nieuwendyk didn't say that Tuesday. But in trading for Atlanta Thrashers goalie Kari Lehtonen, his actions certainly implied it. The Stars traded defenseman prospect Ivan Vishnevskiy and a fourth-round draft pick in 2010 to get the 26-year-old goalie.

It's Nieuwendyk's first major trade. It's also a risk. Lehtonen hasn't played an NHL game since April. He had two back surgeries in the offseason and has spent ...

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