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Dallas Stars Daily Links: How Will The Stars Get The Best From Jamie Benn?

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As the Captain hits 30, the Stars may get a better Benn with a decrease in ice time. Plus, the new Untradeables, an arena deal creeps closer in Calgary, and more.

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Jamie Benn has been the face of the Dallas Stars franchise for several years. For the vast majority of that time, he’s worn it well. But as the captain looks at 30, will he need to step back – just a little – in order to step up?

The Dallas Morning News’ Matthew DeFranks is still doing weekly chats during the offseason, and he tackled that question and more during the most recent edition:

[Benn] probably isn’t going to win another Art Ross trophy, and the days of 30 goals and 50 assists are likely gone. I wouldn’t be surprised to see his ice time decreased to keep him more fresh (he already stopped killing penalties last season), and with less ice time comes less production, though the Stars could get a better Benn for a shorter period of time. We’ll see how it shakes out.

I think [he] will be plenty motivated this season. He’s coming off the worst season of his career (which still resulted in 27 goals), with the realization that the Stars are going for the Stanley Cup, as evidenced by the signing of Joe Pavelski. Motivation shouldn’t be an issue. But we’ll see how that relates to production. In reality, he’s a 30-year-old power forward with 745 games played. He declined last season and it’s unfortunate for a player that carries a $9.5 million cap hit. But with added scorers around him, perhaps Benn isn’t asked to do as much as he used to and stays fresher for longer.

There’s more behind the paywall – including Matthew’s takes on division of responsibilities between Ben Bishop and Anton Khudobin, and whether Stephen Johns is really ready to play again. [SportsDayDFW]


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