Putting the Kari Lehtonen Deal into Context
Kari Lehtonen was signed to a five year deal worth $29.5M. This puts his annual cap hit at $5.9M.
To frame Lehtonen’s deal in the proper context, we’ll look at all NHL goalies with a cap hit higher than Lehtonen’s and post each goalie’s EVSV% over the past five seasons:
|Goalie||Age||EVSV%||Cap Hit (M)||Duration|
Of the goalies with higher cap hits than Lehtonen, only Rinne and Lundqvist boast higher EVSV% numbers than Lehtonen over the past five years. You might question this deal on the grounds of durability, but a performance-based argument seems misplaced.
*Cap hit and salary duration data sourced from: Cap Geek