The Dallas Stars managed to avoid a Steven Stamkos-esque saga with Jamie Benn. Some wondered whether the high-end scoring forward would take his time in deciding his future, but fans of the Stars don’t need to worry about losing the team captain now. It was announced at the team’s PM Standley Motorcars Party In The Park that Benn would be in Dallas through the 2024-25 season.
All told it’s an eight-year commitment, and Benn will make a total of $76 million during the life of the deal. That amounts to a $9.5 million cap hit, which will push him into the NHL’s five biggest AAVs. The $9.5 million hit ties Benn with Pittsburgh Penguins star Evgeni Malkin, but puts him just outside the range of Alex Ovechkin and his $9,538,461 hit.
Anze Kopitar, Patrick Kane and Jonathan Toews remain the only members of the NHL’s $10 million-plus club.
The 26-year-old forward finished 2015-16 with the league’s second-highest point total with 86. That mark was good for tops on the Stars as well. Benn appeared in all 82 games for the Stars for the second consecutive season, and it’s the third time that he’s managed to play in every contest in his career.
Benn had this to say about his extension according to the team’s official site:
“The Stars are the only organization I know and Dallas is home to me. In working with the Gaglardi family and Jim Nill, 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.”
The seven-year veteran will likely crack the 200 career goal barrier in 2016-17, as he’s scored 192 times in 508 regular season games so far.