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Stars claim defenseman Sami Vatanen off waivers from Devils

The 29-year-old has recorded two goals and four assists in 30 games with New Jersey this season

by Dallas Stars Communications @DallasStars

FRISCO, Texas -- Dallas Stars General Manager Jim Nill announced today the club has claimed defenseman Sami Vatanen off waivers from the New Jersey Devils.

Vatanen, 29, has recorded six points (2-4=6) in 30 games played with New Jersey this season. His 37 blocked shots so far in 2020-21 were good for fourth on the Devils, while he's also posted 21 hits on the season. Vatanen also paced New Jersey with 2:33 of shorthanded time on ice per game.

Vatanen has amassed 200 career points (47-153=200) in 464 career regular-season games over parts of nine NHL seasons with Anaheim, Carolina and New Jersey. The defenseman has also made six appearances in the Stanley Cup Playoffs, logging 26 points (6-20=26) in 51 career postseason games. Additionally, Vatanen has made several appearances on the international stage, helping Team Finland win bronze at the 2009 World U18 Championship and at the 2014 Winter Olympics.

The 5-foot-10, 185-pound native of Jyvaskyla, Finland was originally selected by Anaheim in the fourth round (106th overall) of the 2009 NHL Draft.

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