Stars general manager Jim Nill listed Benn's recovery time as six weeks, which will have him no-doubt ready for the 2016-17 season, but causes uncertainty for his availability for Team Canada in the World Cup of Hockey. The team, along with Benn, are not counting him out just yet for Team Canada.
The Stars' captain is coming off his best season, where he recorded a career-high 89 points, leading Dallas to the Stanley Cup Playoffs.
Those numbers were enough for the team to look past the injury, and pay their star heading into this season. It was announced the next day that the two sides have agreed to an eight-year, $76 million contract extension.
The 26-year-old not only lead Dallas to the playoffs, but also lead them in the post-season with five goals and 10 assists in 13 games. In seven NHL seasons, Benn has 192 goals and 256 assists over 508 games.
Nill was ecstatic over the agreement, stating "this signing was extremely important for the direction of the franchise." And this signing is set to keep the Stars' in the Western Conference playoff hunt for years to come.