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The Dallas Stars have signed defenseman Stephen Johns to a $7 million [url=]Andrew Shaw Jersey[/url] , three-year contract extension.

The 26-year-old Johns had a career-best 15 points (eight goals, seven assists) in 75 games last season, his third in Dallas. He was the prospect acquired in a deal that brought Patrick Sharp from Chicago in 2015.

The deal for Johns was announced about an hour before the start of the NHL draft, which is being held in Dallas. Along with John Klingberg, Johns is part of a young core of defensemen the Stars hope can get the franchise back to the playoffs after a late-season collapse in 2017-18.

The 6-foot-4 native of Pennsylvania led the Stars with 155 blocked shots and 201 hits. Johns said he got his confidence back last season and ”learned how to play the game at the NHL level and play at a consistent level.”

General manager Jim Nill said Johns ”plays a very fast, physical game and is just starting to hit the prime of his career.”

During Todd Haley’s tenure as the offensive coordinator of the Steelers [url=]Kevin Hayes Jersey[/url] , there were reports that he didn’t see eye to eye with Ben Roethlisberger. Now Haley is offensive coordinator of the Browns, and his recent comments suggest that he’s happy to have different quarterbacks to work with.

Haley said the quarterback room he’s working with now may be the best he’s worked with — even though he was working with a future Hall of Famer in Roethlisberger, and even though Tyrod Taylor, Baker Mayfield and Drew Stanton are not on Roethlisberger’s level.

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Haley and head coach Hue Jackson are in complete agreement that Taylor is the team leader.

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That’s good news for Browns fans, who have wished for a long time they could find a quarterback situation like the Steelers have.

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