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Jamie Benn will be 'full force' soon, brother says

Stars captain recovering well after surgery, according to teammate Jordie Benn @NHLdotcom

Jamie Benn is expected to be at full health in a few weeks after having core muscle surgery this month, his brother Jordie Benn told the Dallas Stars website Wednesday.

Jamie, a Stars left wing and their captain, had the surgery on July 14 and will be re-evaluated in six weeks.

"He's all well and is up and running," Jordie, a Stars defenseman, said. "The surgery went really well. He should be full force in a couple weeks. Those surgeries are a bit finicky, so you don't want to have any setbacks, so I'll definitely be lifting a few things until he is ready to go."

Jamie, 27, signed an eight-year contract extension worth $76 million ($9.5 million average annual value) the day after the surgery. The contract runs through the 2024-25 season. 

"He deserves every penny he gets," Jordie said. "He's the captain. He's the heart and soul of the Stars right now. He works really hard, and he leads on and off the ice. It's nice to see where he is and where he has come from. He is getting what he is worth, that's for sure."

Jordie, 28, on June 24 signed a three-year contract worth $1.1 million annually.

"My biggest thing is, I wanted to come back to Dallas," he said. "It was just a dream to play in the NHL, and obviously to get to do it with Jamie and in a great city like Dallas, I really wanted to stay. … It was nice to hear that they wanted me back."

Jordie had three goals and nine assists in 64 games last season, his third full season with Dallas.

Jamie, who had surgery on each hip last offseason, was second in the NHL last season with 89 points and third with 41 goals, and finished third in voting for the Hart Trophy. He played 82 games for the second straight season.

His availability for Team Canada at the World Cup of Hockey 2016 is unknown. That tournament begins Sept. 17, which is nine weeks post-surgery.

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