I'm not willing to waste a contract on a guy like him, especially when we don't have the room to be just wasting contracts. Simple as that.
Picked the wrong year to have his contract expire.
This right here. He can't have a contract on a team with Robidas, Daley, Larsen, and Rome in front of him. If Dallas had less dead weight and question marks in front of him along with both Connauton and Gaunce in the wings maybe there'd be room for Benn, but as it stands keeping him should mean 3 others have to go and that doesn't seem likely. Or is Nill seriously indicating that this defense is mostly going to return the same players that collectively were terrible last year and expect different results?
In regards to Jagr and improving young players.
I know this isn't regarding the Stars, but hopefully the players took on the advice or things he showed the players. Then the players put it to good use in the future. You always don't get the results right away either on things.
“Unbelievably smooth, almost effortless the way he can skate and pass the puck. He’s highly-skilled,” said Texas Stars assistant coach Doug Lidster. “I think the playoffs have started to bring out the best in him, started to raise his intensity level a little bit.”
“The coaches are always telling me to shoot the puck, so I shot the puck,” said Morrow. “That was one of those seeing-eye shots that made its way into the net.”
“I feel [the Penguins] molded me into a two-way defenseman that can be out there in the last couple minutes of a game and can be trusted in the defensive zone. They did a very good job,” Morrow said. “Coming here, they’ve added on to it. I spend a lot of time here watching video and still nitpicking at my game to make it better and better each day. I feel extremely comfortable in the D zone now in any situation. It’s come a long way for sure.”
"Ever since I got drafted people would be talking about me being a defensive liability, an offensive D-man and it's frustrating to hear that," Connauton said. "If you have enough people saying that sometimes you start believing it yourself which is never good. At the beginning of this season I was so frustrated with trying to shake that label, I got away from playing my game and I had a bit of a slow start. It was around Christmas when I was able to get things back on track and start playing to my strengths and that is what I have to continue to do.
"I have worked the last three years to round out my game. I know I have been improving. I have heard that from my coaches. That's the biggest thing for me. It was just something I could never shake when I was in Chicago and in the Canucks' organization."