That’s not the case, however, so the reigning Art Ross Trophy winner won’t roll the dice as he (and Ales Hemsky) continue to recover from off-season hip surgeries.
Going further, Stars head coach Lindy Ruff raved about Benn’s fitness level, deploying a time-honored off-season trope in the process:
“I’m interested to see him,” Ruff to the DMN on a healthy Benn. “From a training standpoint, he’s probably in the best shape of his life. I think the part of being around and rehabbing and training all summer has been good for him.”
Ah yes, “best shape of his life.”
At 26, it’s at least a fairly realistic proclamation, as opposed to the many moments in which veterans possibly lack a certain level of self-awareness.
That’s all nitpicking, anyway, as the Stars would gladly “settle” for Benn to be himself. A healthy Hemsky would be a nice bonus, too.