Blue Jackets get D Lehtonen in trade with Maple Leafs


COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The Columbus Blue Jackets on Friday acquired defenseman Mikko Lehtonen from the
Toronto Maple Leafs for goaltender Veini Vehvilainen.
Lehtonen, a 27-year-old rookie, skated in his first NHL game on Jan. 18 against Winnipeg and earned his
first career assist on Jan. 30 at Edmonton. He will join Columbus’ taxi squad after securing a work visa
and clearing COVID-19 quarantine.
The 24-year-old Vehvilainen made his NHL debut with the Blue Jackets on March 4 at Dallas, stopping three
of four shots in 10:40 before going back to the team’s American Hockey League affiliate in Cleveland,
where he has played in 34 games.
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