Stars give Benn mega eight-year extension


Jamie Benn is staying in Dallas after the Stars forward and team captain received an eight-year extension reportedly worth $76million.

The mega deal announced on Friday keeps the team captain in Dallas through the 2024-25 NHL season with an average reported annual salary of $9.5m.

"The Stars are the only organisation I know and Dallas is home to me," Benn said in a team statement. 

"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 team-mates and I value the passion and dedication that we receive from Stars fans and we're looking forward to getting this season started."

Benn was second in the NHL last season with 89 points and third with 41 goals while playing all 82 games for the second straight season.

His points totals have increased in all but one of his seven NHL seasons - the only exception being the lockout-shortened 2012-13 season. 

His new deal eclipses the eight-year, $68m contract given to Tampa Bay Lightning center Steven Stamkos last month. 

"Jamie has evolved into one of the most complete players in the NHL and his ability to lead our team is second-to-none," Stars general manager Jim Nill said of Benn. 

"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."