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Dallas Stars sign free agent defenseman Ryan Suter

The Stars recently lost defenseman Jamie Oleksiak to Seattle in the expansion draft.

The Stars have begun to reload for next season.

After losing defenseman Jamie Oleksiak to Seattle in the expansion draft, Dallas refilled its depth chart by signing Ryan Suter to a four-year contract worth $14.6 million ($3.65 million AAV) when free agency opened on Wednesday, the team announced.

“Ryan is a true professional and will be a great fit in our top-four,” said Stars GM Jim Nill in a statement.

“He has a huge influence on the game with his ability to diffuse plays which injects a sense of calmness into his teammates. He is able to play in every situation and as a veteran of 16 NHL seasons, his wealth of experience will be a great addition to our dressing room.”

Suter, 36, is a left-handed defenseman that was recently bought out by Minnesota, which will pay him $833,333 each year for the next eight seasons.

Suter is a minutes-eater who has averaged 25:02 of ice time per game across his 1,198 NHL games with Nashville and Minnesota. He has finished in the top 10 in Norris Trophy voting six times, but not since 2016-17, and is one of the most reliable players in the NHL, having missed just four games in the past six regular seasons.

Additionally, Suter could become a natural fit as Miro Heiskanen’s next blue line partner now that Oleksiak is in Seattle.

Tuesday, the Stars pushed forward in their pursuit of Suter, hoping to get a deal done by the time free agency began.

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