From the Edmonton Journal:
The Los Angeles Kings say their goalie search is on hold. With the emergence of Jonathan Quick, they dumped Jason LaBarbera, dealing him to Vancouver. Atlanta's Kari Lehtonen, who's fallen out of favour with the Thrashers, could possibly be traded for a forward like Patrick O'Sullivan.So, first question is, when did Kari fall out of favour? I could be wrong, but isn't he the only goalie to get any wins in like.... 10 games? Also, didn't he come back from injury, and significantly lower the GAA per game? And let's be honest. Is there another goalie in this league that can consistently face around 40 shots per game, come to play every night, and win when he's actually backed up by his team? Maybe he's wrong to call out the team for not showing up to play in this period or that, but someone should. With no captain, who's serving as the caller-outer? I totally made that word up, thanks for asking. But no seriously. If Lehtonen goes for a skater, who's going to play in goal? I think Moose's performance in Toronto shows that not even he can get the team to play well enough to win. So the team is down their star goalie, and now there is yet another awkwardly-fitting cog in this supposed machine. You do realise that if Kari goes to any city that has anything resembling "a team" in front of him, facing, say, 23 shots per game, he'll carry them quite deep?
In summation, trading Kari will further his career, and further mire Atlanta in the quicksand they're already buried waist-deep in. That said, let the rumour-mongering begin.