NHL: Stars agree to $26M, five-year contract with Jamie Benn
Dallas • Jamie Benn and the Dallas Stars agreed to a $26.25 million, five-year contract on Thursday night.
The All-Star center gets $5.25 million each season, with the first year of the deal pro-rated because of the NHL lockout. Dallas announced the move during its game against the Chicago Blackhawks.
The 23-year-old Benn was a restricted free agent who set career highs with 26 goals, 37 assists and 63 points for the Stars last season.
Benn played 19 games for the Hamburg Freezers in Germany during the lockout this season, compiling seven goals and 20 points before returning home to British Columbia in December.
Maple Leafs • Forward Joffrey Lupul will miss at least six weeks because of a broken forearm.
Lupul was injured Wednesday night in the second period of Toronto's 5-2 win at Pittsburgh. Lupul was in front of the net during a power play when he was hit in the arm by a slap shot taken by teammate Dion Phaneuf.
Lupul left the game immediately and didn't return. The Maple Leafs say that Lupul was placed on the injured list.