Heiskanen signs eight-year, $67.6 million contract with Stars

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Miro Heiskanen signed an eight-year, $67.6 million contract with the Dallas Stars on Saturday. It has an average annual value of $8.45 million.

Heiskanen, who turns 22 on Sunday, could have become a restricted free agent July 28. He scored 27 points (eight goals, 19 assists) in 55 games this season and led the Stars in average ice time per game (24:58).

Dallas (23-19-14) finished fifth in the eight-team Discover Central Division this season and did not qualify for the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

“It feels great to get this done,” Heiskanen said. “Of course there is a lot of work to be done and we’re very motivated to get back on the ice. It is very exciting to be a part of what (general manager) Jim (Nill) and his staff are building, and it’s important to reward them for the trust they’ve shown with this long-term commitment.”

Selected by Dallas with the No. 3 pick in the 2017 NHL Draft, Heiskanen has scored 95 points (28 goals, 67 assists) in 205 regular-season games and 30 points (eight goals, 22 assists) in 40 playoff games.

Last postseason, Heiskanen set a Stars record for points by a defenseman with 26 (six goals, 20 assists) in 27 games to help them advance to the Stanley Cup Final, where they lost to the Tampa Bay Lightning in six games.

“Since joining us, it has been clear that Miro is part of a collection of young, rising stars that are now playing in the National Hockey League,” Nill said. “As an organization, we truly feel that Miro has just scratched the surface of his ability and will be in the Norris Trophy discussion for years to come. On behalf of (owner) Tom Gagliardi, his family, and our organization, we want to thank Miro for his commitment to the team and we all look forward to watching him as he continues to evolve into one of the elite players of the game.”

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