Lehtonen, a restricted free agent, needed a
qualifying offer that at least matched his $3 million salary from last
season. With a three-year extension, the Stars would more than meet that
requirement and have their goaltender future locked up for the
While some thought that the Stars might give
Lehtonen just a one-year deal, it was expected that after Lehtonen
proved himself more than capable in the final months of the season that
they would go for a longer commitment.
If the deal is worth
anywhere in the $3 to $3.5 million per year range, then the Stars will
have a bit more room to try a land a defenseman free agent this summer.
Despite the team being up for sale, a sale that hopefully is finalized
before the season starts, the Stars are still operating under a tight
budget that falls somewhere around $10 million under the salary cap.
next question is what the Stars might do for a backup. Matt Climie and
Brent Krahn, their two goaltenders in the AHL, are both set to become
unrestricted free agents this summer.
It’s been getting that spotlight since the Columbus Blue Jackets faced off against the Pittsburgh Penguins in a brisk playoff series, though it wouldn’t be surprising if the bad blood stemmed to Dubinsky’s days with New York.
To some, Dubinsky’s cross-check on Crosby will resonate far more than the end result of this game:
The bottom line is that he’ll get the last laugh, at least for now. (In-game, that moment merely drew a minor penalty.)
That’s because Dubinsky set up the overtime game-winner, and the cherry on the top of that spite sundae came with Crosby being on the ice when it happened:
They’re not just rubbing the Penguins the wrong way.
Cheap shot on a superstar, a little uncalled goalie interference and presto – Blue Jackets win!
The Buffalo Sabres probably deserved better during at least some chunks of their six-game skid, yet Jack Eichel swooped in on Friday to remind fans that there’s a light shining at the end of the tunnel.
You can watch his goal from tonight’s eventual 4-1 win against the Carolina Hurricanes in the video above.
That’s not necessarily the absolute height of his on-ice magic, yet it clearly gave his team a lift:
Coach Bylsma: Feel like after Jack's goal, the game changed for us. #gamechanger