DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM/AP) — A new contract means a defender who was with the Dallas Stars as they battled for, and lost, the Stanley Cup is back with the team as they begin their offseason activity.

Dallas re-signed veteran defenseman Andrej Sekera to a $3 million, two-year contract Sunday that carries an annual salary cap hit of $1.5 million. The 34-year-old Slovak blocked 38 shots and had one assist in the postseason while playing third-pairing minutes for the Western Conference-champion Stars.

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Sekera had eight points and blocked 75 shots in 57 regular-season games during his first year with Dallas.

Andrej Sekera #5 of the Dallas Stars plays the puck in the second period of Game Three of the Western Conference Final of the 2020 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs on September 10, 2020 in Edmonton, Alberta. (credit: Dave Sandford/NHLI via Getty Images)

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“Andrej did an outstanding job coming in and immediately making a difference on our back end last season,” general manager Jim Nill said. “With his intelligence and experience, we look forward to Andrej continuing to play an impactful role in our defense corps.”

Sekera gives the Stars an older, seasoned defensive player on the blue line that features 21-year-old Miro Heiskanen, John Klingberg, Esa Lindell and Jamie Oleksiak. The 6-foot, 195-pound defender has appeared in 764 regular-season NHL games over parts of 14 seasons with Buffalo, Carolina, Los Angeles, Edmonton and Dallas.

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