The Dallas Stars were forced to start the season without Jamie Benn because they couldn’t agree to terms in time. Eventually Dallas inked him to a five-year, $26.25 million contract and the 23-year-old immediately went to work proving he’s worth that deal.
To get a glimpse of what he’s capable of, just look at him skate around the Vancouver Canucks to score the opening goal Thursday night:
The Canucks battled back to earn a 4-3 victory to improve to 9-3-4 this season. Dallas is 8-8-1, which puts them in a tie for ninth place in the Western Conference.
Benn now has five goals and 10 points in his last eight games and has already tied Jaromir Jagr for the team’s scoring lead despite the handicap of having missed five of the Stars’ 17 contests.
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It’s going to be interesting to see if Hammond can replicate the success he had last season, when he came out of nowhere to go 20-1-2 with a 1.79 GAA and .941 save percentage, and finish seventh in Vezina voting.