Stars Captain Jamie Benn Signs 8-Year, $76 Million Extension

Dallas Stars captain Jamie Benn signed an eight-year, $76 million contract extension Friday.

The team announced the deal a day after Benn had surgery to repair an abdominal muscle injury.

"The Stars are the only organization I know and Dallas is home to me," Benn said in a statement. "In working with the Gaglardi family and (general manager) 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 26-year-old Benn had a career-high 89 points on 41 goals and 48 assists last season. He also had five goals and 10 assists in 13 playoff games.

"Jamie has evolved into one of the most complete players in the NHL and his ability to lead our team is second to none," Nill said in a statement. "He impacts the game in so many ways and this signing was extremely important for the direction of the franchise. ... He's our leader and does things the right way, every day."

Nill said the full recovery time is six weeks for the abdominal injury. It wasn't clear when or how Benn got injured.

That timeframe puts Benn on schedule to be ready for the NHL season, but creates uncertainty about his availability to participate for Canada in the World Cup of Hockey that begins in mid-September.

Benn has 192 goals and 256 assists in 508 career games.

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