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Juen 4, 2016 | 2:30pm ET
Stars won't buy out Lehtonen

The Dallas Stars will explore a change between the pipes this off-season, but that doesn't mean they're going to buy out the rest of Kari Lehtonen's deal.

Lehtonen has two-years left on his contract, and it's possible the Stars try to facilitate a trade this month in order to bring in another goaltender.

He does own a no-trade clause, however, and will have a say in where he ends up, if traded.

But a buyout? Not happening, according to Stars GM Jim Nill, who spoke with Sportsnet's Elliotte Friedman.

"No, we're not buying him out," Nill told Friedman, who reported the news in his latest '30 Thoughts' column on "That last game is not a full reflection of the season. Nobody remembers the game before where he stood on his head. He's disappointed, and the team is disappointed. We finished second overall, and everybody is focused on the playoffs. Something went right too, you've got to be careful."

The Stars could pursue the likes of Tampa Bay Lightning goalie Ben Bishop, Pittsburgh Penguins netminder Marc-Andre Fleury, Detroit Red Wings veteran Jimmy Howard, or Anaheim Ducks goalie Frederik Andersen, among others, this summer via trade.


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