Lehtinen gets two-year, $8M extension from Stars

Updated: September 16, 2006, 12:13 PM ET
Associated Press

FRISCO, Texas -- Right wing Jere Lehtinen signed a two-year, $8 million contract extension with the Dallas Stars after leading the team in goals two of the last three seasons.

The club exercised its option for the 2006-07 season, and the extension will keep him under contract through the 2008-09 season.

"Jere has been a model of professionalism throughout his career," general manager Doug Armstrong said Saturday. "He is one of the best two-way forwards in the game. Consistency and honesty are Jere's trademarks and he brings them to the rink every day."

Lehtinen, a six-time 20-goal scorer, set career-highs last season in goals (33) and power-play goals (14) and tied career-highs in game-winning goals (6) and games (80). The 33-year-old Finn was a member of the Stars' 1999 Stanley Cup championship team.

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