Stars defenseman Lindell signs new $34.8M, 6-year contract

St. Louis Blues left wing David Perron (57) reaches for the puck after falling to the ice with Dallas Stars defenseman Esa Lindell (23), of Finland, d

St. Louis Blues left wing David Perron (57) reaches for the puck after falling to the ice with Dallas Stars defenseman Esa Lindell (23), of Finland, d

Dallas Stars goaltender Anton Khudobin (35) defends against pressure from St. Louis Blues center Ryan O'Reilly (90) as Esa Lindell (23) helps on the p

Dallas Stars goaltender Anton Khudobin (35) defends against pressure from St. Louis Blues center Ryan O'Reilly (90) as Esa Lindell (23) helps on the p

Dallas Stars goaltender Ben Bishop (30) reaches to clear a puck as Alexander Radulov (47), Esa Lindell (23) and Ben Lovejoy, left in net, help against

Dallas Stars goaltender Ben Bishop (30) reaches to clear a puck as Alexander Radulov (47), Esa Lindell (23) and Ben Lovejoy, left in net, help against

FRISCO, Texas (AP) — Dallas Stars defenseman Esa Lindell has signed a $34.8 million, six-year contract that will run through the 2024-25 season.

The deal with an average value of $5.8 million per year was announced Thursday, a week before Lindell's 25th birthday. The 6-foot-3 Finn was a restricted free agent.

Lindell had a plus-14 rating and a team-high 161 blocked shots during the season for the Stars, who made it to the second round of the Western Conference playoffs before a Game 7 loss at St. Louis. He had 11 goals and 21 assists, and was second on the team with nearly 24 ½ minutes per game on the ice.

A third-round pick by the Stars in the 2012 draft, Lindell has 24 goals and 53 assists with 412 blocked shots in 239 games.

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