The Atlanta Thrashers have re-signed restricted free agent goaltender Kari Lehtonen, according to Executive Vice President and General Manager Don Waddell.
Lehtonen, 25, posted a 19-22-3 record with three shutouts, a 3.06 goals-against average and a .911 save percentage in 46 games last season for the Thrashers. He led team goaltenders in games played, wins, shutouts and save percentage and tied a team-record with a five-game win streak from March 6-16. He amassed a 1.18 goals-against average, a .966 save percentage and two shutouts during that span.
The 6-foot-4, 205-pound goaltender has a 94-83-17 record with 14 shutouts, a 2.87 goals-against average and a .912 save percentage in 204 career games with the Thrashers. He is the all-time franchise leader among goaltenders in games played, wins, shutouts and save percentage, and ranks second in franchise history in goals-against average.
Lehtonen has also appeared in two Stanley Cup playoff contests.
During the 2006-07 season, the Helsinki, Finland, native set single-season and career highs in games played (68), starts (66), wins (34), shutouts (four), shots faced (2,075) and saves (1,892).
He represented the Thrashers in the 2007 NHL YoungStars Game during the NHL All-Star Weekend in Dallas on Jan. 23-24. Lehtonen established the franchise record for save percentage (.916) the following season.
Lehtonen also appeared in 98 games with the Chicago Wolves of the American Hockey League over parts of three seasons, collecting a 60-31-4 record with eight shutouts and a 2.32 goals-against average.
Prior to his professional career, Lehtonen played five seasons for Jokerit Helsinki in Finland from 1998-2003. He was a two-time winner of the Urpo-Ylonen Trophy as the top goaltender in the Finnish Elite League (2001-02, 2002-03), including being named to the Finnish Elite League All-Star Team twice (2001-02, 2002-03). He has also represented Finland in International Competition 11-times, most recently winning the Silver Medal in the 2007 World Championships in Moscow where he posted a 4-2-0 record with a 1.93 goals-against average and a .913 save percentage.