Dallas Stars

Stars ‘workhorse’ defenseman signs six-year extension

Dallas Stars defenseman Esa Lindell signed a six-year contract extension through 2025, general manager Jim Nill announced Thursday.

The deal is worth $34.8 million with a yearly average of $5.8 million. Lindell had 32 points in the regular season and four points in the playoffs.

Lindell, 24, led the Stars with 161 blocked shots and was second in ice time with 24:20 per game. He set career-highs in nearly every major category, including assists (21), goals (11), points (32) and hits (143).

“Esa is a consummate professional who has proven himself dependable in every situation and is an absolute workhouse,” Nill said. “When you combine his strength, conditioning, hockey IQ and skill, he has become an integral part of this team.”

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Stefan Stevenson has been covering sports for the Star-Telegram since 1997. He spent five years covering TCU athletics, which included two BCS bowls, two trips to the college World Series and the move to the Big 12. He has covered the Texas Rangers since 2014 and started reporting on the Dallas Cowboys in 2016.