As reported by the team, the Dallas Stars have re-signed Jamie Benn to an eight-year deal worth approximately $9.5MM AAV. Mark Stepneski confirmed the dollar amount via Twitter. Stephen Whyno tweets that the total amount of the deal is $76MM. This was confirmed in the Stars’ press release.
The Stars captain will be paid handsomely after posting back to back 30+goal seasons. In 2014-15, Benn registered 87 points (35-52) and then followed it up in 2015-16 with an 89 point season (41-48). In 13 playoff games, Benn had 15 points (5-10).
The 26-year-old winger will get a $4.25MM raise from the $5.25MM he was making per season through 2015-16. This also makes him the highest paid player on the team, and one of the highest in the league. Only four other players make more per season–Patrick Kane ($10.4MM), Jonathan Toews ($10.4MM) Anze Kopitar ($10MM) and Alex Ovechkin ($9.54MM). Evgeni Malkin also makes $9.5MM AAV.
Earlier today, it was reported that Benn would miss six weeks to repair an injured core muscle.