Thrashers Trade Kari Lehtonen to Dallas for Vishnevskiy, 4th-round Pick

The Atlanta Thrashers have traded goaltender Kari Lehtonen to the Dallas Stars for the Stars' top prospect Ivan Vishnevskiy, a small, mobile defenseman. Here's what Hockey's Future has to say about him:

A fluid skater, Vishnevskiy has all the offensive tools to become a powerplay quarterback in the NHL.  He’s undersized and only average in his own end, two things that will work against him at the professional level.  However, he has the vision and skill set that enable him to be a great puck-mover.  Reads plays well and has the skating ability to stay in the play defensively, but isn’t consistent enough in that regard.  Needs to figure out a way to handle power forwards effectively.

That sounds a lot like our own Tobias Enstrom, no?

Also included in this deal: a 4th round pick in 2010.

If you want to see what Dallas fans think of the deal, take a gander at the thread over at Defending Big D. Hint: they're not thrilled.

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