The Stars are getting close to a three-year contract extension for goalie Kari Lehtonen, according to a couple of sources.
The deal could get signed as soon as today.
Lehtonen, 26, is a restricted free agent, so the Stars only needed to make a qualifying offer that matched his last contract ($3 million) for one season, and many speculated that's what they would do. But a deal for three years that could average around $3.5 million would allow the Stars to build around Lehtonen and allow Lehtonen to work on his off-season training with confidence that the Stars are serious about giving him a chance to be the No. 1 goalie for some time into the future.
Lehtonen, the second overall pick in the 2002 entry draft, lost his No. 1 job in Atlanta because of two off-season back surgeries, and was traded to the Stars in February for prospect Ivan Vishnevskiy and the Stars' fourth round pick in this year's draft. He has battled injuries for much of his career, but he posted a 6-4-0 record with a 2.81 GAA and .911 save percentage this season and appeared healthy in his stretch with the Stars.