The Dallas Stars needed to bring back center/left wing Jamie Benn and, albeit it later than they would have hoped, were finally able to do just that after months of frustration during the NHL lockout. Dallas has looked to Benn to become the new superstar in Dallas after Mike Modano‘s departure and now the franchise has a chance to make that happen as Benn will be a Star for at least the next five years after signing a new $26.25 million contract that will pay him a clean $5.25 million per season over that span.
During Jamie’s absence, his brother, Jordie Benn, has been pushing hard for a roster spot while battling with the AHL Stars. Jordie scored 10 power-play goals in 96 games with Dallas’ AHL counterpart, showing he’s ready for an increased role during this lockout-shortened season, especially during his brother’s absence.
Of course, the spotlight will turn completely and totally toward Jamie now as he is the unquestioned new face of the franchise. Last season, Jamie tied for the second-most goals for the Stars with 26 and third in assists with 37. For a 23-year-old prodigy, that’s extremely promising for a team that has struggled with its identity for the past half a dozen years and especially since Modano left. The re-signing of Benn couldn’t have come at a better time for Dallas.