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LAS VEGAS -- We talk easily of the sacrifices players make when it comes to things like the Olympics or the World Cup of Hockey.Its a term that rolls easily off the tongue. My good pal Pierre LeBrun recently wrote about how?Matt Duchene played through a separated shoulder and helped Canada earn its third consecutive championship in best-on-best hockey.But what if the notion of sacrifice means something else -- like, say, the sacrifice of choosing not to play for your country? Does it mean the sacrifice is any less meaningful? Or difficult?Just ask Jamie Benn about these matters. The Dallas Stars captain won an Olympic gold medal with Canada in Sochi in 2014 and was one of the first 16 Canadians named to the World Cup roster back in early March.But as he was recovering from offseason core muscle surgery, Benn realized that he could not do what would be expected of him -- and what he would expect of himself -- at the World Cup and then still be the captain he is expected to be -- and that he expects himself to be -- when the NHL regular season began. So he stayed home.It was disappointing, but I think youve got to look at the bigger picture, and the bigger picture was being ready for this year with the Stars, said Benn recently. Obviously, we want to make another long run and build off last year. I think I did the smart thing by not jumping into it and going to the World Cup and risking further injury. Its disappointing, but I made the right decision and I feel good right now.It was the second summer in a row that Benn has undergone an offseason procedure. The issues havent been serious, relatively speaking, but Benn has planned the procedures so he would not miss time during the regular season. That said, Benns summers have been spent rehabbing and resting, as opposed to doing normal summer activities.I couldnt golf, Benn said. I didnt get a round of golf in this summer. So that sucked.Even in the best of times, however, Benn admits that hes not an accomplished golfer. Im not that good, he said with a laugh.But dont look for Benn to make up for lost golf time during the season. Golf is for the summer, hockey is for the winter, he said.This is a crucial year for the Stars. Because so much of Dallas success runs through Benn, it is a crucial year for the 27-year-old Victoria, British Columbia, native too.There are a handful of players in the NHL who can impose their will on a game, said longtime NHL executive and analyst Frank Provenzano. Benn is one of them.Benn takes wearing the C seriously, says Provenzano. There is no doubt this is his team and his room, Provenzano said of Benn. I think his decision to forego the World Cup in order to be ready for the season opener is proof of that.The Stars are coming off a surprise Central Division crown and a trip to the second round of the playoffs. But in the end, injuries and suspect goaltending let Dallas down in its seven-game series loss to the St. Louis Blues.I think we got a little bit of an eye-opener just at the end of last year, Benn said. We found out that its not easy just to get through two rounds. We got through one but couldnt make it through the second, so we know that it takes that much more effort. It takes a whole team effort.Benn is coming off a career-best 41-goal campaign and a career-best 89 points in 2015-16. And while the Stars are as deep as they have been since their glory days in the late 1990s, Benn is the emotional fulcrum of the team. I think Im learning to be a better player, better captain every time I come to the rink, Benn said.And heres the thing: It doesnt get any easier. Not if you want to take those painful last few steps to a championship. Many players and teams never make it.I think that hes been the model of trying to lead the team and play the game the right way, said Stars head coach Lindy Ruff. First you do it on the ice. Hes a big believer in what were doing. And when he goes out and does it, hes a guy the players love to follow.With that respect, comes added responsibility.He understands with the success or where we finished last year comes more pressure this year to try to duplicate where were at, Ruff added.The Stars will begin the season with some uncertainty because of injuries to key personnel, including Tyler Seguin, who also missed the World Cup of Hockey. Sequin suffered a hairline fracture of his heel during pre-tournament play. Winger?Ales Hemsky suffered a groin injury during the World Cup and is still rehabbing. Mattias Janmark and Cody Eakin are also unlikely to be in the opening-night lineup on Thursday.If there is a constant, though, its Benn and his place in the lineup.Very proud of him and not surprised, said GM Jim Nill. Hes stayed true to his foundation, hes stayed true to his roots. When hes got something to say he says it. But other than that hes a very personable guy, very humble. But he knows now that when theres a time to step up, hes got to step up, and hes taken that upon himself. Custom Penny Hardaway Jersey . -- Yogi Ferrell orchestrates pretty much everything in Indianas offence. Custom Suns T-shirts . -- James Young couldnt wait to apply those tweaks to his jump shot, and the first one he made against UT Arlington told him it could be a good night. .7 million, one-year contract, a raise of $2.2 million. Wieters had asked for $8.75 million and the Orioles had offered $6. 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Carlton skipper Marc Murphy is keen for Bryce Gibbs to remain in the Blues leadership group despite his failed attempt to leave the AFL club.Gibbs sensationally asked to be traded to Adelaide for family reasons in Octobers trade period, only to see bitter negotiations between Carlton and the Crows amount to nothing.The star midfielder, who is contracted for another three years, returned to the club for the first time since the trade fiasco on Monday.Murphy maintained Gibbs return wasnt awkward for him or his teammates, even though he wanted to play elsewhere, and believes the star midfielder is ready to move on.Hes a tremendous footballer and person - he loves the footy club and the footy club loves him - so its great to have him still with us, Murphy told reporters on Monday.He was obviously going through a range of emotions (after the trade didnt go through) ... he was doing it pretty tough.(But) hes had a lot of conversations with people at the footy club and I think hes in a really good space now.He ran a really good time this morning in one of our trials ... hes in really good condition and looking forward to a big yeear.ddddddddddddGibbs was sensationally installed in the Blues leadership group for the 2007 season by then coach Denis Pagan without having played an AFL game.The No.1 draft pick was given time to mature away from the group after a year and has been a trusted lieutenant of Murphys since he took over the captaincy from Chris Judd ahead of the 2013 season.Well go through a process but Id love to still have him in (the leadership group), Murphy said.Hes been a great leader for the footy club and been a great support to me, so Id love to have him in the leadership group.Whether or not hes in that group or not ... well find out in the next few months, but hell still be a leader around the footy club (regardless).Murphys hope is that, with proper off-field support, Gibbs wont seek to leave the club again at next years trade period.Murphy suffered a serious ankle injury in round 10 and didnt play again this season, but reported he is in full training and is suffering no lingering effects of the issue. 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