The Dallas Stars signed defenceman Esa Lindell to a six-year, $34.8 million contract extension on Thursday.

Lindell, who was scheduled to become a restricted free agent in July, will carry an average annual value of $5.8 million on his new deal, which runs through the 2024-25 season.

"Esa is a consummate professional who has proven himself dependable in every situation and is just an absolute workhorse," Stars general manager Jim Nill said in a release. "When you combine his strength, conditioning, hockey IQ and skill, he has become an integral part of this team. Along with John Klingberg and Miro Heiskanen, the three make up the foundation of a blueline that will not only be a strength for our club, but one that will be as good as any in the NHL for the foreseeable future."

The 24-year-old posted 11 goals and 32 points in 82 games with the Stars this season, adding one goal and four points in 13 playoff games.

A third-round pick of the Stars in 2012, Lindell has 24 goals and 77 points in 239 career games with the Stars.