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Dallas Stars sign Jere Lehtinen to new four-year contract

Thursday, 09.04.2003 / 12:00 AM / News
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Dallas Stars sign Jere Lehtinen to new four-year contract



September 4, 2003

Dallas Stars General Manager Doug Armstrong announced today that the club has signed forward Jere Lehtinen to a new four-year contract through the 2006-2007 season. Lehtinen's current contract was set to expire on June 30, 2004.

"We are thrilled to get Jere Lehtinen signed to a new contract that will keep him with the Dallas Stars for the next four seasons," said Armstrong. "We've been able to give long-term commitments to players before, but this signing is a significant one that helps us maintain our stability over the next few seasons."

"Jere is one of the most consistent and hard working players in the league. He means a lot to this team and this franchise. We wanted to reward him with a four-year contract that both parties feel is fair market value."

Lehtinen, 30, won his third Selke Trophy in 2002-2003, given to the player voted best defensive forward in the NHL. One of just three players to ever win the Selke three times or more, Lehtinen has been a finalist for the award five times (also winning it in 1997-98 and 1998-99).

The 6-0, 200-pound winger led the Stars in goals last season with 31 (a new career-high), becoming just the sixth player since the team moved to Dallas to post 30 goals in one season. Lehtinen finished fourth on the team in points with 48. He also finished last season ranked fourth among league leaders in plus/minus with a +39 rating.

Lehtinen ranks 14th on the Stars' all-time leaders lists for goals (144), 17th in points (315), and 23rd in assists (171). He is also tied-for-ninth in all-time Stars playoff games with 77, tied-for-10th in playoff goals with 20, and tied for 14th in playoff points with 37. Lehtinen is one of four players remaining from the 1998-99 team that won the Stanley Cup (also Matvichuk, Modano and Zubov).

"I am very happy to get this new contract finalized with the Stars," said Lehtinen. "My family and I love the city of Dallas and we are excited to know we will be here for several more years. I am ready to go for the beginning of training camp next week and I feel very good about our chance to compete for the Stanley Cup."

Over his eight NHL seasons with the Stars organization, Lehtinen has been named to the NHL All-Star Game twice (1997-98, 2001-02). He was originally Dallas' fourth round selection (88th overall) in the 1992 NHL Entry Draft.

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  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 NSH 63 41 15 7 191 151 89
2 ANA 64 40 17 7 189 177 87
3 STL 63 40 18 5 197 159 85
4 CHI 63 37 21 5 183 150 79
5 WPG 64 32 20 12 179 172 76
6 VAN 62 36 23 3 180 167 75
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8 CGY 62 33 25 4 175 160 70
9 LAK 62 29 21 12 166 162 70
10 SJS 63 30 25 8 175 181 68
11 COL 63 27 25 11 167 182 65
12 DAL 63 27 26 10 196 210 64
13 ARI 63 20 36 7 138 214 47
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2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Benn 63 23 37 -3 60
T. Seguin 55 29 30 0 59
J. Spezza 63 15 37 -5 52
E. Cole 57 18 15 4 33
T. Daley 60 16 17 -10 33
J. Klingberg 49 10 23 1 33
C. Eakin 60 14 14 -2 28
A. Hemsky 57 9 17 -9 26
A. Goligoski 63 2 24 1 26
A. Roussel 61 12 11 -11 23
 
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K. Lehtonen 25 13 10 .905 2.97
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