On Friday, the Dallas Stars announced they have signed a contract extension with goalie Kari Lehtonen for five-years, worth $29.5 million. The goaltender was set to enter the final year of a three-year contract worth $10.65 million.
The 6'4, 217 pound goalie, owns two of the top-three franchise records for saves in a season after three seasons with the team. With his new contract, Lehtonen is set to remain the goalie for the Stars until the conclusion of the 2017-18 season.
"Kari Lehtonen has worked extremely hard in his time with the Dallas Stars to establish himself as an elite goaltender in the NHL," said General Manager Joe Nieuwendyk in a press release. "We believe that his best days as a goaltender are ahead, and that his work ethic and leadership will help guide this team into a perennial Stanley Cup contender."
Prior to joining the team during the 2009-10 season, Lehtonen was the starting goalie for the Atlanta Thrashers and has 10,494 career saves between the two teams.