Tyler Seguin will have surgery to repair a torn labrum in his hip and the Dallas Stars forward is expected to miss the start of next season.
Stars general manager Jim Nill said Thursday that Seguin’s recovery time is expected to be four months; the NHL target date for the beginning of next season is Jan. 1, 2021.
“He’s now looking at different options for surgery,” Nill said. “We’re looking at a four-month time for rehab. We’re going through the process and he’s talking to doctors and getting different options right now.
“If he gets the surgery in the next two or three weeks, let’s say Nov. 1, four months means he would miss some time. The tough part with all of this is that nobody knows the time frame. We don’t know the start of the season, so that’s why we want to get it done as soon as possible.”
Seguin, who was also dealing with knee problems, missed one game during the round-robin portion of the Stanley Cup Qualifiers, a 2-1 shootout win against the St. Louis Blues on Aug. 9, but did not miss another postseason game for Dallas, which advanced to the Cup Final for the first time in 20 years and lost to the Tampa Bay Lightning in six games. The 28-year-old scored 13 points (two goals, 11 assists) averaging 18:31 of ice time per game in 26 postseason games but was limited to six assists in his final 15 games.
Seguin, who has not missed a regular-season game since the 2015-16 season, has been a top-two scorer for the Stars in each of his seven seasons with Dallas and led them with 50 points (17 goals, 33 assists) in 69 games this season.
Dallas captain Jamie Benn dealt with a shoulder injury sustained during the regular season but played in all 27 postseason games; forward Blake Comeau separated his shoulder in Game 2 of the Stanley Cup Final and did not play the rest of the series; forward Radek Faksa broke his wrist in Game 3 off the Western Conference Final against the Vegas Golden Knights and missed the rest of the postseason; and forward Roope Hintz fractured his ankle during the conference final and injured his hip in Game 4 of the Cup Final, missing the last two games of the series.
In addition, defenseman Esa Lindell played the entire postseason with an injured hand; defenseman John Klingberg missed one postseason game after injuring his shoulder during the round-robin; and defenseman Stephen Johns, who has dealt with post-traumatic headaches the past two seasons, did not play after Game 1 of the Western Conference First Round against the Calgary Flames.
Goalie Ben Bishop had knee surgery in May and was limited to three postseason game, and goalie Anton Khudobin, who started 24 postseason games, had arm surgery Wednesday after experiencing numbness in his hand.
“In the end, it just didn’t have enough time to heal,” Nill said of Bishop’s injury. “He did try to come back and play, but just did not feel comfortable at all. In the end, we decided to just shut him down as the playoffs went on.”
Regarding Khudobin’s injury, Nill said, “The surgery was successful and it was just a numbness that he had as far as holding his stick. The doctor went in, moved the nerves around, and everything should be fine.”
Nill said every player with the exception of Seguin is expected to be healthy in time for next season.