FLYERS JORI LEHTERA CLAIMS HE’S INNOCENT OF COCAINE CHARGES!

By Peter Gleason

Flyers forward Jori Lehtera was charged yesterday with obtaining and possessing cocaine in his native Finland last summer, according to a report by a Finnish newspaper Aamulehti.

Prosecutors are seeking a five-month suspended sentence for the 31-year-old in his second season with the Flyers.

A section of the report states:

According to a preliminary investigation, Lehtera obtained eight grams of cocaine between early June and late July of 2018 in Tampere. According to the prosecutors he also tried to obtain one gram of cocaine in May of 2018.

Lehtera has not been accused of importing or selling the cocaine, according to the report.

He released the following statement, via the Flyers:

As I have maintained from the outset, these charges against me are false and I will clear my name. I will have no further comment on the matter until that time.

Lehtera has been a healthy scratch for the past six games and has played just one game since Dec. 12. On the season, he has three points in 24 games.

Set to become an unrestricted free agent during the offseason, Lehtera was acquired by the Flyers in June 2017 as part of the trade that sent Brayden Schenn to the Blues. The Flyers also received a pair of draft picks in the deal, which were used to select prospects Morgan Frost (2017 – 27th overall) and Joel Farabee (2018 – 14th overall).

Lehtera is being paid $5 million (he has $4.7 million cap hit) this season, the final year of his three-year contract originally signed with the Blues.

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