Why a new CBA could force the Dallas Stars to pay more for Jamie Benn, and why Shane Doan’s latest contract deadline means more than his previous ones.

 

Could a lockout affect Stars efforts to re-sign Benn?

DALLAS MORNING NEWS: cited a report by SI.com’s Allan Muir suggesting a new CBA could force the Stars to pay more to re-sign RFA forward Jamie Benn. Muir writes it doesn’t make sense for Benn to re-sign now, as his pay could be reduced under a new CBA if salaries are reduced by increased escrow payment, unless he’s given a higher annual average salary.

Muir also suggested Benn could threaten a holdout when a new CBA is implemented, as the struggling Stars could ill-afford the negative optics of starting the season with its best player on the sidelines. It’s believed the Stars would prefer to sign Benn to a “bridge contract”, taking him from the end of his entry level contract up to his eligibility date for UFA status.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Benn’s contract negotiations have been kept out of the media throughout this summer, but the potential of a lockout and its implications, as well as recent contract extensions for comparable players like Edmonton’s Taylor Hall and Jordan Eberle, are pushing his contract status back into the spotlight. It remains to be seen if the Stars re-sign Benn before a lockout or afterward, but one way or the other, it appears he’ll be earning big bucks.

VANCOUVER SUN: Blogger Harrison Mooney suggests Shane Doan’s latest contract deadline means more than his previous ones, as the September 15th expiry date on the current CBA combined with Doan’s desire to get a new contract before then could push him to consider other alternatives (like the Canucks) if the sale of the Phoenix Coyotes fails to go through before then.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: The current CBA expires next Saturday, so the clock is ticking for the Coyotes and Doan.