Jamie Benn has signed an eight-year, $76 million extension with the Dallas Stars. The contract will carry an average annual value of $9.5 million.
Benn still has one season remaining on the five-year, $26.25 million deal he signed four seasons ago. The new extension will kick in starting next season and will run through the 2024-25 season.
The new $9.5 million annual average value places Benn tied with Evgeni Malkin as having the fifth-highest cap hit in the NHL behind only Jonathan Toews ($10.5 million), Patrick Kane ($10.5 million), Anze Kopitar ($10 million) and Alex Ovechkin ($9.538 million). It is $1 million more per year than Steven Stamkos recently signed for with the Tampa Bay Lightning.
But did the Dallas Stars really have a choice? No. Not only is Benn a dominant offensive threat and a 200-foot player, but undoubtedly 29 other NHL franchises would jump at the chance of being able to roster someone of Benn’s caliber.
Fortunately, it seems as though both sides are very pleased with the deal.
“The Stars are the only organization I know and Dallas is home to me,” Benn told the Stars’ website. “In working with the Gaglardi family (ownership) and Jim Nill (general manager), they have made it clear that they are dedicated to winning, and winning the right way. I’m happy to commit to that process for eight more years. My teammates and I value the passion and dedication that we receive from Stars fans and we’re looking forward to getting this season started.”
Stars general manager Jim Nill echoed Benn’s positive sentiments.
“Jamie has evolved into one of the most complete players in the NHL and his ability to lead our team is second to none,” Nill said. “He impacts the game in so many ways, and this signing was extremely important for the direction of the franchise. He’s shown in the playoffs, and at international events like the Olympics and the World Championship, that he is up to any challenge and that his fingerprints will be left on every game. He’s our leader and does things the right way, every day.”
The Stars’ captain has been one of the most dominant hockey players on the planet over the past couple of seasons. Benn was second in the NHL last season with 89 points and third with 41 goals, establishing new career highs in the process only one year after his Art Ross Trophy-winning 87-point campaign in 2014-15.
Benn, originally taken in the fifth round (129) of the 2007 NHL Entry Draft, has 192 goals and 448 point sin 508 career regular-season games with the Stars. He is considered one of the best late-round NHL draft picks ever and is still only 26 years old.
This is a massive payday, but is is well deserved. At the end of the day, it is an absolute no-brainer for the Dallas Stars organization, and both sides are extremely happy after a deal like this gets done.
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