Thrashers sign G Lehtonen to multiyear deal

Updated: September 11, 2006, 1:46 PM ET
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ATLANTA -- The Atlanta Thrashers on Thursday signed goaltender Kari Lehtonen to a multiyear contract.

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2005-2006 SEASON STATISTICS
GM W L T SV% GAA
38 20 15 0 .906 2.94

Financial terms were not disclosed, but The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported it was for two years and $3.7 million.

The second overall pick in 2002, Lehtonen had a 20-15-0 record with a 2.94 goals-against average and two shutouts in 38 games with the Thrashers last season.

Lehtonen, 22, was sidelined for 41 games last season with a groin injury, but still was able to set a franchise record with 28 consecutive starts.

Since making his NHL debut at the end of the 2003-04 season, Lehtonen has posted a 24-15-0 record, a 2.77 goals-against average and a .910 save percentage with three shutouts in 42 career games.

A native of Finland, Lehtonen represented his country in the 2006 Winter Olympics, the 2002 and 2003 World Championships and the 2001 World Junior Championships.

Prior to his NHL career, Lehtonen played for Jokerit Helsinki in the top Finnish hockey league where he won consecutive goaltender of the year awards in 2001-2002 and 2002-2003.

SportsTicker and The Associated Press contributed to this report.