USATSI_9296789_154158418_lowresThe Dallas Stars signed forward Jamie Benn to a contract extension worth a reported $76 million. The team made the announcement on Friday.

The extension runs through the 2024-2025 NHL season and features an average annual value of $9.5 million. Benn has a year to go on his current contract.

The 26-year-old Stars captain was second in the NHL last season with 89 points, plus he finished third in the NHL with 41 goals. He was third in voting for the Hart Trophy and played a full slate of 82 games for the second straight season. Benn also contributed 15 points over the course of 13 playoff games.

“The Stars are the only organization I know and Dallas is home to me,” Benn said. “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 Victoria native was drafted by the Stars in the fifth round of the 2007 NHL Entry Draft and last season was his best statistical year in Dallas. He put up 87 points in the previous season, including 35 goals, and has seen steadily increasing point values in every single season.

In 508 career games, he has 448 points – including 192 goals and 256 assists.

Benn is a terrific all-round player and he’s emerged as a born leader for Dallas, with a real nose for the net. He had surgery yesterday to repair an abdominal muscle injury, however, and that has amounted to roughly six weeks of expected recovery time. He should be ready for the 2016-2017 season, but there is significant concern that he won’t be in the lineup for September’s World Cup of Hockey.

There was some chatter that Benn might hit the free agency market after the following season, with many in Vancouver champing at the bit to get a taste of their local boy. But the grass is greener in Dallas, without question, and the team’s vision for the future is clear.

Benn has every reason to be excited to play out his years with the Stars, especially with ownership proving itself and a solid group in the front office.

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