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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, during the second period in Game 5 of an NHL second-round hockey playoff series Friday, May 3, 2019, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

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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