Several key restricted free agents entered the lockout without a contract. Among those players, the most notable were Jamie Benn and PK Subban. Bennís case is a very interesting one, for a lot of reasons. Although the CBA negotiations have been a largely fruitless endeavour to date, there have been some useful tidbits to come out. The two sides have reached unofficial agreements on a few issues, although they remain far apart on the important ones.
Letís get back to Benn. It is clear as day that he is the franchise player in Dallas. The coaching staff loves him, his teammates love him, and the management/ownership love him. He has the WHL pedigree that the Stars seem to be focusing on Ė skilled and tough on the ice, and soft-spoken and humble off of it.
Some hockey talk for today. Hope you enjoy.