Ben Bishop and Tyler Seguin of the Dallas Stars are expected to need five months to recover after each had surgery, meaning they would miss at least two months of the NHL season if it starts Jan. 1, 2021, as targeted by the League.
Bishop, a goalie, had surgery Oct. 21 to repair a torn meniscus in his right knee, and the Stars said rehabilitation and recovery time is approximately five months. He was limited to three games during the Stars’ run to the Stanley Cup Final because of the knee injury and was 1-2-0 with a 5.43 goals-against average and .844 save percentage after going 21-16-4 with a 2.50 GAA, a .920 save percentage and two shutouts in 44 games (43 starts) during the regular season. Backup goalie Anton Khudobin replaced Bishop and went 14-10-0 with a 2.69 GAA, a .917 save percentage and one shutout in 25 Stanley Cup Playoff games (24 starts) to help the Stars reach the Final for the first time since 2000; they lost to the Tampa Bay Lightning in six games.
Bishop turns 34 on Nov. 21.
Seguin had a right hip arthroscopy and labral repair in New York on Monday. The rehabilitation and recovery time is approximately five months from the date of the surgery, according to the Stars. The 28-year-old center scored 13 points (two goals, 11 assists) in 26 postseason games after he led the Stars in scoring during the regular season with 50 points (17 goals, 33 assists) in 69 games. Seguin missed one playoff game for Dallas but has not missed a regular-season game since the 2015-16 season.
Stars general manager Jim Nill said Oct. 29 that Seguin’s surgery had been pushed back because of the coronavirus pandemic.
On Oct. 8, Nill went through the Stars’ injury list, which included goalies Bishop and Khudobin, who had surgery Oct. 7 to fix a nerve issue in his right arm, as well as forwards Jamie Benn (shoulder injury), Blake Comeau (separated shoulder) and Roope Hintz (fractured ankle). He said then that the Stars expected all of the injured players, except for Seguin, to be healthy in time for the start of the season; Seguin was expected to be out four months.