Unnamed: Esa Lindell Has signed a six-year contract, worth $ 34.8 million (an average annual value of $ 5.8 million) with Dallas stars on Thursday.
The 24-year-old defense player could have been a limited free agent on July 1 after having a 32-point NHL career (11 goals, 21 assists) in 82 games in the regular season, giving the stars three defenders (Miro Hiskanen, 12 ; John Klingberg, 10) with at least 10 goals in one season for the first time in their history. Lyndell led Dallas in blocked photos (161), a second in time on ice for the game (24:20), a third in gambling (143), tied to a third in plus minus (plus 14) and tied to fifth on assists.
Lindell led the Dallas on average by 26:58 for the Stanley Cup playoff game (13 games). The opening of "The Stars" ended with the loss of seven games to the St. Louis Blues at the Western Conference.
"Esa is a perfect professional who has proven himself reliable in any situation and is just an absolute workhorse," said Director General of Stars Neil. "When you combine his strength, blending, hockey and skill IQ, he has become an integral part Of this team. Along with J & K Klingberg Miro Hiskanen, Three are the foundation of this blueline and will not only be a strength for our club, but it will be as good as any NHL for the foreseeable future. "
The Dallas coach, Montgomery, said: "He's a security blanket, he just does everything right, like we want to play, he just goes out and does it."
Lindell has 77 points (24 goals, 53 assists) in 239 NHL games, with all the stars, who chose him in the third round (No. 74) of the 2012 NHL Draft.
"He became the man for us," Dallas and Captain Jimmy Ben said.
Lindell represented his homeland in Finland at the 2016 World Cup, the 1995 World Championships and IIHF, the IIHF 2014 World Championships and 2012 under the World World Congress.