The top unsigned player in the NHL is forward Jamie Benn, and he wasn’t at the opening of Dallas Stars camp Sunday.
The restricted free agent was second in team scoring last season with 63 points (26-37) in 71 games and a pillar the Stars were building around.
But the deal has to make sense for both sides, and it doesn’t yet.
"I’m optimistic that we’ll have him back on the team, but it won’t be today," Stars GM Joe Nieuwendyk told ESPN.com on Sunday morning. "We’ll focus on the guys we have here because it’s a short camp and we need to get ready. But in the meantime, certainly we’ll keep working away at trying to get Jamie re-signed."