- Mark Stepneski, ESPNDallas.com
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ESPN.com's Pierre Lebrun was in Dallas yesterday, working up some material on the Dallas Stars as part of his training camp tour of the Western Conference.
There's a video chat with Stars forward Steve Ott here.
And, in a blog post, he had a couple of Dallas related notes. On NHL realignment:
Dallas made it clear it wants to move out of the Pacific Division, citing travel and the fact it's the only team in the division not in the Pacific time zone. The Stars, who are in the Central time zone, would like to move into the Central or Southeast Division. One source told ESPN.com on Thursday the Stars won't let this go easily.
On contract talks with Jamie Benn:
Center Jamie Benn of the Stars is one of the great young stars in this league, and some believe he's on his way to super-stardom. He's entering the final year of his entry-level contract. The Stars contacted his agent, Richard Evans, a few days ago to gauge whether there was interest in commencing contract talks on an extension.
This will be an interesting one to monitor given his rising stock. The sooner the Stars can get him signed, the better. No doubt the Stars will look at Logan Couture's recent extension (two years and $5.7 million) and see a nice comparable. But the Benn camp could easily point to the six-year, $33 million extension recently signed by John Tavares as a nice model.