The Dallas Stars will try to sign captain Jamie Benn to a contract extension prior to the start of next season, general manager Jim Nill said Wednesday.
Benn has been Stars captain since 2013-14. With one year remaining on his contract, he could play next season as a pending unrestricted free agent.
"Negotiations are always tough," Nill told SiriusXM's The Power Play on Wednesday, according to the Stars website. "That's a part of life, part of business no matter what you are doing. We are going to get something done. He is the captain of our team. He is in the prime of his career. And I know he wants to get it done before the season starts, and so do we. We'll start working on that, and we're going to get something done."
Benn, 26, was second in the NHL with 89 points during the regular season (Patrick Kane of the Chicago Blackhawks had 106), and is a Hart Trophy finalist. Benn led the Stars with 41 goals and it was his second straight season with at least 80 points. Benn led Dallas with 15 points in 13 games in the 2016 Stanley Cup Playoffs, where the Stars lost to the St. Louis Blues in the Western Conference Second Round in seven games.
Benn, who was picked by the Stars in the fifth round (No. 129) of the 2007 NHL Draft, has expressed his interest in staying with Dallas.
"This is where I want to play; this is where I want to be," he told the Dallas Morning News on May 14. "I don't think it's going to be a problem."