Stars ink Lindell to 6-year, $34.8M contract extension

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Dallas Stars defenseman Esa Lindell (23) and Minnesota Wild defenseman Greg Pateryn (29) battle for the puck in the first period of an NHL hockey game Saturday, April 6, 2019, in Dallas. (Richard W. Rodriguez / AP)

The Dallas Stars have locked up defenceman Esa Lindell to a six-year, US$34.8-million contract extension that will run through the 2024-25 season with an average annual value of $5.8 million, the team announced Thursday.

The 24-year-old set career-highs in points (32) and goals (11) for the Stars in 2018-19, while also leading the team in block shots.

“Esa is a consummate professional who has proven himself dependable in every situation and is just an absolute workhorse,” Dallas general manager Jim Nill said in a press release.

“When you combine his strength, conditioning, hockey IQ and skill, he has become an integral part of this team. Along with John Klingberg and Miro Heiskanen, the three make up the foundation of a blue-line that will not only be a strength for our club, but one that will be as good as any in the NHL for the foreseeable future.”

The six-foot-three, 215-pound native of Vantaa, Finland has spent three full seasons with the Stars after being selected by Dallas in the third round (74th overall) of the 2012 NHL Draft.

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