The Dallas Stars lost one of the good ones on Monday when they traded the elder Benn to the Montreal Canadiens. Here are some of his greatest moments while wearing Victory Green.
The NHL trade deadline always brings great anxiety and change with it. Along with those two themes, heartbreak is almost an assured feeling for those truly dedicated fans whose team has not performed up to par in the given season.
The Dallas Stars fall into the category of teams that have not performed up to par so far in the 2016-17 season. They fell extremely far from the lofty expectations that were set for them in the preseason and now sit 28th in the NHL, ahead of only Arizona and Colorado.
After an exciting and unexpected 2015-16 season that saw Dallas secure first place in the Western Conference and fall one win short of the Western Conference Finals, many expected the Stars to be strong contenders for the Stanley Cup.
But with 20 games remaining in the season, it’s clear that this assumption could not be further from the truth. In fact, this could go down as the Stars’ worst performance in a season since 2008-09 or worse.
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With their fate pretty much decided and the chance at an early offseason all but inevitable, the Stars have decided to start selling. And sell they have.
Last Friday, they traded forward Patrick Eaves, who was having a career season and was proving to be one of the Stars’ most consistent sources of offense, to the Anaheim Ducks for a conditional first-round pick. Eaves had played for Dallas since signing with the team through free agency in July 2014 and was quickly becoming a fan favorite. There’s heartbreak #1.
Then the real kicker settled in on Monday afternoon when the Stars sent defenseman Jordie Benn to the Montreal Canadiens for D Greg Pateryn and a fourth-round pick.
Of all the people Dallas could have traded as the deadline neared, Jordie Benn was a name nowhere near the top of any lists. The 29-year-old defender had easily been one of the Stars’ best defensemen in the 2016-17 season and was quickly cementing himself as a cornerstone of the Dallas defense.
But just like that, he’s gone. Jordie’s departure was an unexpected one, though it does make sense in the long run. Either way, the Stars’ defense will likely miss his consistent presence for the remainder of the season.
It does sting to lose a homegrown player and friendly face like Jordie, though. Ever since his days with the Allen Americans and Texas Stars, its always been a pleasure to watch him grow and develop. The eldest Benn will be deeply missed throughout the Stars community.
As a means of parting and digesting the trade, here is a quick tribute to the great bearded one. He may not be on the ice in Victory Green anymore, but we’ll always have these exciting memories to look back on when we think of #24 and his journey. Good luck in Montreal, Jordie. We’ll miss ya.
Here are three of Jordie Benn’s greatest moments as a member of the Dallas Stars.