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

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.