There are only a handful of teams throughout the league that do not currently sport a player with a ‘C’ on his sweater. On Friday, the Dallas Stars became one of those teams to officially announce a new captain, handing the honor to star forward to Jamie Benn, much to the surprise of virtually no one.
Benn has long been considered a favorite to take over the captaincy for the Stars. Dallas has been without a captain since they traded Brenden Morrow prior to the trade deadline last season. The list of candidates wasn’t exactly an extensive one, especially after Benn.
You could have thrown someone like Trevor Daley or Stephane Robidas into the mix. Perhaps Ray Whitney as well, but he’s probably in the last year, maybe two, of his career. Shawn Horcoff is brand new, but had experience wearing the C while in Edmonton, so he may have been a candidate as well.
But the naming of Jamie Benn as captain makes sense. He’s the cornerstone of this franchise. The captaincy has become more of a ‘face of the franchise’ move than anything over the last few years throughout the league, and Benn certainly is that. He was locked up on a new five-year contract heading into last season.
In fact, Benn has established himself as one of the very best forwards anywhere in the league. He’s cemented into that left spot on the top line for the Stars over the next several years, and likely will be far beyond that, with the direction in which this team is headed. Benn was the logical choice, and it should come as no surprise that he’ll be wearing a C on his jersey this year.