Stars pick up option of best shot blocker Klemm

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

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.