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Dallas Stars re-sign restricted free agent Benn

Jan 24, 2013, 10:00 PM EDT

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The Dallas Stars have come to terms on a contract extension with 23-year-old winger Jamie Benn, previously a restricted free agent, his agent Rich Evans first reported on Twitter Thursday night.

The new deal is five years in length, at $26.25 million.

“Jamie Benn has proven in his short, but very productive NHL career, that he is not only this franchise’s cornerstone player, but also an emerging superstar in the league,” said Stars general manager Joe Nieuwendyk in a statement.

“We believe that Jamie has the necessary tools to continue his growth and lead this team into the next great era of Dallas Stars hockey.”

The announcement via the social networking site came during the second period of the Stars home game against the undefeated Chicago Blackhawks. The Stars, despite being outshot 27-10 at one point in the game, were leading 2-0 on goals by Loui Eriksson and Ray Whitney.

The Stars eventually lost 3-2 in overtime, on a power goal from Marian Hossa. The Blackhawks are 4-0-0.

A Victoria, B.C. product, Benn, originally a fifth-round pick of the Stars in 2007 had a career high 26 goals and 63 points last season, was one of three younger players currently holding out to begin the lockout-shortened regular season.

Among the most notable unsigned players continues to be P.K. Subban.

  1. phillyphanatic77 - Jan 24, 2013 at 10:04 PM

    Good deal. Probably best player on an up and coming team.

  2. comeonnowguys - Jan 24, 2013 at 11:19 PM

    Chicago’s playing with house money, winning on a night where Letohnen was absolutely ridiculous.

  3. orangeandblack67 - Jan 24, 2013 at 11:23 PM

    Think there was any pressure from a potential offer sheet from the Flyers?

    • 19to77 - Jan 25, 2013 at 4:33 AM

      Why? THey need every single dollar’s worth of cap space to make offers to defensemen. Centre is a *very* low priority behind improving the D.

  4. broadstbully33 - Jan 24, 2013 at 11:25 PM

    No

  5. pone27 - Jan 25, 2013 at 9:55 AM

    My fantasy hockey team just got that much better.

    Oh, and the Chi Hawks are 4-0-0. Awesome start, LETS GO HAWKS!

    I like Dallas’s future though. Only thing I fear is guys like Whitney who is real key for them right now will be difficult to replace with the price tag. But otherwise, they are on the come up, while teams like Detroit are going to finally start falling.

  6. darksidecowboy - Jan 25, 2013 at 3:34 PM

    Great deal for GM Joe Nieuwedyk. Made the fans sweat a little but we’ll have Benn centering Jagr and Eriksson on our top line.

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