Maple Leafs deal defenceman Lehtonen to Blue Jackets for goalie depth
Veini Vehvilainen, 24, twice was Finnish league's top netminder in recent years
The Toronto Maple Leafs traded defenceman Mikko Lehtonen to the Columbus Blue Jackets for goalie Veini Vehvilainen on Friday.
Vehvilainen made his NHL debut with Columbus on March 6, stopping three of four shots in 10:40 before going back to the team's American Hockey League affiliate in Cleveland.
The 24-year-old Finnish goaltender was 10-18-5 with a 2.76 goals-against average and .901 save percentage with Cleveland last season.
The 27-year-old Lehtonen, also a Finn, had three assists in nine games for the Maple Leafs this season, his first in North America.
He will join Columbus' taxi squad after securing a work visa and clearing COVID-19 quarantine.
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With files from The Associated Press