Dallas Stars captain Jamie Benn is expected to need six weeks to recover from core muscle surgery he had this week, general manager Jim Nill said Friday.
Benn is expected to be ready for the start of the NHL season but his availability for Team Canada at the 2016 World Cup of Hockey is unknown. That tournament begins Sept. 17.
"Jamie Benn underwent surgery to repair a core muscle injury on Thursday, July 14 at the Vincera Institute in Philadelphia, Pa.," Nill said in a statement. "His operation, performed by Dr. Bill Meyers, went as planned. His full recovery time is expected to be six weeks, putting him on schedule to be ready for the 2016-17 season. Jamie will be re-evaluated after the six-week rehabilitation process, at which time his availability for the World Cup of Hockey will be determined."
Benn, who had surgery on each hip last offseason, was second in the League last season with 89 points and third with 41 goals, and finished third in voting for the Hart Trophy. Each was an NHL career high, and he had two more points than he had in 2014-15 when he won the Art Ross Trophy. He had 15 points in 13 Stanley Cup Playoff games and played 82 games for the second straight season.
A fifth-round pick (No. 129) in the 2007 NHL Draft, Benn has 192 goals and 448 points in 508 games in seven seasons with the Stars.