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Stars to hold press conference, will likely name captain

Sep 19, 2013, 8:53 AM EDT

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The Dallas Stars have scheduled a press conference for 2:30 p.m. ET today to make a “major announcement.” They haven’t confirmed what it will be about, but the expectation is that Jamie Benn will be named the next team captain, according to the Dallas Morning News.

The Stars have been without a captain since they traded forward Brenden Morrow to the Pittsburgh Penguins during the 2013 campaign. Stars GM Jim Nill has since expressed his desire to give someone the “C” before the Stars’ regular season opener.

Benn is just 24 years old, but he has emerged as a leader in Dallas in recent years. The timing is also nice considering Benn is coming off of a strong showing in Wednesday’s preseason game against the Florida Panthers. He scored a power-play goal and the winner in the shootout. He also had some good scoring chances sprinkled in between.

It was just an exhibition game, but it nicely highlights his past accomplishments and the Stars’ hope for the future.

Dallas has missed the playoffs for five straight campaigns, but they have a lot of young talent. Benn is at the center of that youth movement and one of the team’s biggest offensive weapons. Soon his role in Dallas could be even bigger than that.

  1. mustbechris - Sep 19, 2013 at 9:10 AM

    It seems like the Benn-Neal trade really worked out for everyone involved. One of the few trades in recent memory where that happened.

    • hockey412 - Sep 19, 2013 at 9:47 AM

      Neal and Niskanen were traded to Pittsburgh for Goligoski. Benn was originally drafted by Dallas.

      Still a good deal for both sides…personally I think the Pens got the better end, but it’s open to debate.

      • mustbechris - Sep 19, 2013 at 6:19 PM

        I don’t know why I didn’t know that. My apologies.

  2. titansbro - Sep 19, 2013 at 9:22 AM

    I say give it to Seguin. What could go wrong?

    • spitfisher - Sep 19, 2013 at 2:56 PM

      I found I laughed out loud at that….good one.

  3. amityvillefun - Sep 19, 2013 at 9:39 AM

    Seguin should not be a captain…..yet. Or maybe ever. His play hasn’t earned that role and his past history doesn’t merit that honor.

    Someday, perhaps….after he learns that you can’t oversleep team meetings or party during the playoffs.

    I wish him well and hope he does grow into such a role with Dallas in the future.

    • spitfisher - Sep 19, 2013 at 2:58 PM

      Sequin will be a great captain!………….on his 5th or 6th team

  4. brianbobal - Sep 19, 2013 at 9:45 AM

    I think Benn deserves it. The only other viable option I see would be Trevor Daley, but give it to Benn hands down

  5. dlk75150 - Sep 19, 2013 at 11:25 AM

    Neal for goligoski was not a good trade!

  6. titansbro - Sep 19, 2013 at 12:34 PM

    Yeah I was being sarcastic bro.

    • hockeyflow33 - Sep 19, 2013 at 4:26 PM

      I’m always surprised at the large amount of people who don’t understand blatant sarcasm.

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