You can cross one name off the unsigned restricted free agent list. The Dallas Stars and center Jamie Benn reached an agreement last night on a five year deal.
Benn signed a five year contract worth a total of $26.5 million, a $5.25 million salary cap hit.
Pierre LeBrun broke down the yearly salary: $4.5 million in 2012-13, $5 million in 2013-14, $5.25 million in 2014-15, $5.75 million in 2015-16 and $5.75 million in 2016-17.
Mark Stepneski tweeted that Benn is on his way to Dallas, but won’t be able to play on Saturday as immigration issues likely won’t be resolved by then. He is expected to make his season debut on Monday against the Columbus Blue Jackets.
Benn was a steal in the 2007 NHL Draft for the Stars. They drafted Benn in the 5th round, 129th overall. He currently sits tied for 4th in goals with 70th, for players taken in the 2007 draft according to the press release from the Dallas Stars last night. Trailing only Patrick Kane (128), Sam Gagner (77) and David Perron (74).
“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 General Manager Joe Nieuwendyk. “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.”
Benn will be entering his fourth season with the Stars. He’s seen his points increase each year, going from 41 to 56 to 63 last year, where he set personal bests with 26 goals, 37 assists and 63 points. Benn had seven game-winning goals and five multi-goal games.
Benn camp had looked at Kessel’s deal, 5 yrs x 5.4 M. Found middle ground with Stars at 5 x. 5.25 M. Good deal for for both sides.
— Pierre LeBrun (@Real_ESPNLeBrun) January 25, 2013
One of the reasons Jamie Benn was anxious to get back in DAL lineup was so he could play with brother, defenceman Jordie.
— Bob McKenzie (@TSNBobMcKenzie) January 25, 2013
Stars fans and fantasy owners will be happy that both sides were finally able to reach an agreement.