What’s Wrong With Kari?

Kari LehtonenFor the third straight preseason, Kari Lehtonen has hurt his groin.

The Atlanta Thrashers goaltender is battling Johan Hedberg for the number one position, as stated a few days ago. Lehtonen, of course, has the edge but his proneness to injury is taking a toll.

Two seasons ago, he missed 35 games due to that groin; last year, he had to sit out during exhibition because of the same thing.

Hey, it just makes it easier for reporters, who can to look back at last couple season’s archive and print the same thing. Geez.

So what’s the problem?

“His conditioning was great,” coach Bob Hartley said. “That’s not what triggers this. I wish I knew what did. I’m sure he wishes he knew.”

No kidding. However, this time around, it doesn’t seem too bad for the young Finn as he’s hoping to be back before the start of the season.

Look at it this way, his groin recorded a natural hattrick. How often does that happen?


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