Team executives in our major sports negotiate contracts all of the time and therefore see all sorts of scenarios. But, the rarest of them all is when they have a mountain of money and want to give it to a player, only to find out that his camp is somewhat reluctant to accept it.
That appears to be the situation here, 72 hours before opening night in the NHL, as the Dallas Stars and Jamie Benn are trying to sort out his contract situation while getting the club ready to play Saturday night with or without him.
There is very little question how they feel about him. They have showered him with praise and adoration for a few years now, pledging their allegiance and their future to Benn. Surely, if there was any interest in low-balling him when it was time to "Pay that man his money", they would have picked a real odd strategy in the press.
Sources suggest that the Stars have been willing to go to some pretty high neighborhoods in money to get a deal done, and are willing to stret...