The Dallas Stars just got a whole lot better Thursday night when they finally signed restricted free agent, Jamie Benn to a new 5-year deal worth $26.25MM. Benn will receive $5.25MM annually although this year will be pro rated due to the lockout according to TSN.ca.
Benn took to Twitter shortly after the deal was finalized to express his excitement, knowing he’ll be a Dallas Star for the next half a decade.
— Jamie Benn (@jamiebenn14) January 25, 2013
The 23-year old scored 23 goals and added 37 assists for 63 points in 71 games. The former 5th round draft pick was holding out for a deal similar to those of Phil Kessel, Jeff Skinner and John Tavares. It’s safe to say he got the deal he wanted.
Benn is expected to be in Dallas sometime on Friday, with hopes of being ready to play on Saturday when the Stars take on the St. Louis Blues.
Benn was playing in Germany during the lockout that lasted 119 days but returned to North America when the work stoppage was lfited, while waiting for a new deal to be hammered out.
The Benn signing now leaves P.K. Subban and Ryan O’Reilly as the only two high profiled players without a deal.