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01-22-2013, 03:36 PM
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From LeBrun:

Of the three RFAs, my gut feeling says Benn will be the first of the three to sign. But that’s not sure thing.

I just don’t think they’re that far apart.

Look no further than the obvious comparables to see which deals are influencing this negotiation:

• John Tavares, six years, $33 million ($5.5 million average)
• Evander Kane, six years, $31.5 million ($5.25 million cap hit)
• Phil Kessel, five years, $27 million ($5.4 million cap hit)

Those are good comparisons because Benn is also coming off an entry-level contract and is a key offensive force on his team, just like those three players.

First off, the Benn camp won’t do six years. So there’s that. Benn has moved though from wanting three years to now being willing do to five years.

My guess is if the Stars were willing to sign off on something just north financially of the Kessel deal, then a deal will be done.

Also keep in mind, Benn's entry-level deal didn’t have any bonus money. So you can understand his desire to get paid now.

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