Dallas Stars center Jamie Benn will undergo offseason hip surgery and be out four-to-five months, according to NHL.com.
Benn, 25, was extremely durable for the Stars this year, playing all 82 games on the way to winning the Art Ross trophy as the NHL’s top scorer with 87 points.
“He’ll be getting hip surgery,” Stars general manager Jim Nill said. “There were a lot of nights when we thought he wouldn’t be playing, but he came to us and said, ‘No, I’m a player.’ That’s Jamie Benn. We didn’t hear about it all season. That’s Jamie Benn. To gut it out the way he did shows we’ve got a great leader on this team.”
Benn apparently played through the injury for a significant portion of the season, but will have ample time to recover before the start of next season, and should be ready for training camp.