Dallas Stars fans were anxious before the lockout began back in September, worried in the two weeks leading up to the start of the season and now are downright frustrated with each game that passes without a Jamie Benn contract. The Stars have now played twice without Benn on the roster, a roster that was completely remade in the offseason primarily to be rebuilt around Benn as the de facto No. 1 center and face of the franchise for the team moving forward.

Without Benn, it's painfully clear that the Stars are lacking true firepower and depth up the middle -- at least for the moment. Dallas has a few good center prospects coming up through the system, although Radek Faksa and Emil Molin are still at least a few seasons away from really pushing for NHL time. In the interim, the Stars have been playing Tom Wandell on the second line in an experiment that seems to have ended after just two games -- Cody Eakin is expected to play tonight as the No. 2 center.

So where, exactly, are the Dallas Stars and Jamie Benn and how close are we to seeing him back on the ice for Dallas? Apparently, fairly close.