Stars pick up option of best shot blocker Klemm

Updated: June 28, 2006, 7:44 PM ET news services

FRISCO, Texas -- The Dallas Stars decided they need to keep their best shot-blocker.

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Defenseman Jon Klemm, who led the Stars with 161 blocked shots last season, had his club option for the 2006-07 season picked up on Wednesday.

Financial terms were not disclosed.

Klemm, 36, had four goals and seven assists in 76 regular-season games and added a goal in five playoff contests in 2005-06.

"Jon has provided veteran leadership to our hockey club during his two seasons in Dallas and we are pleased to have him back," Stars general manager Doug Armstrong said. "We like the stability he brings to our defensive unit through his strong, positional play and his capability of blocking shots."

A 13-year veteran, Klemm was acquired by Dallas from Chicago in November 2003.

Klemm appeared in parts of three seasons with the Quebec Nordiques before the franchise relocated to Colorado and played six full seasons with the Avalanche, winning two Stanley Cups.

In 713 NHL games, Klemm has 41 goals and 98 assists with 402 penalty minutes.

Also Wednesday, the Stars signed winger Mathias Tjarnqvist to a two-year contract. He had two goals and four assists in 33 games last season.

SportsTicker and The Associated Press contributed to this report.