The 26-year-old Benn finished second in the league with 89 points in 82 games during the regular season and was a finalist for the Hart Trophy. He’s entering the final year of his five-year, $26.25 million and would be a pending UFA after next season.
And the Stars are bent on keeping Benn beyond 2016-17, as soon as they’re eligible to sign him to an extension.
Benn, who has risen from a fifth-round pick in 2007 to an Olympic gold medalist and star in the NHL, has already gone on record as saying he wants to play in Dallas, so it seems the two sides are on the same page there.
Benn, who is one of three finalists for the Hart Trophy as league MVP, is probably in the market for a deal similar to the eight years, $80 million that was recently signed by Anze Kopitar of the Kings. While Benn could become an unrestricted free agent in the summer of 2017, he said he doesn’t want to leave the Stars.