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Tyler Seguin Surgery Delayed, Could Miss Significant Time Next Season

Tyler Seguin’s offseason surgery has been delayed, meaning the forward could miss an extra month of NHL action next season.

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While no firm date is set to start the 2020-21 campaign, the Dallas Stars got some less-than stellar news this week as the scheduled surgery for Stars forward Tyler Seguin has been pushed back and the delay could eat into the amount of playing time he misses next season.

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GM Jim Nill confirmed with reporters, including NHL.com’s Tracey Myers, that due to complications from the pandemic, Seguin’s surgery to repair a torn labrum in his hip has been delayed. He is scheduled to have the procedure next week, but that means adding up to another month of time the forward will miss in the upcoming NHL season if it starts as planned on Jan. 1, 2021.

Seguin’s recovery from the surgery was slotted to be about four months. That is still the case. But, if the season begins anytime around January of 2021, considering what will likely be a condensed schedule, that’s a number of games Seguin will likely miss.

Tyler Seguin Dallas Stars
Tyler Seguin Dallas Stars

What Are the Options For Dallas?

There are a few directions the team could go here, but none of them are black and white. The team could place Seguin on LTIR, but they’d also have to get back into cap compliance before he could be activated.  That means, unless the team brings in a lower-cost forward they can move at a later date, someone like a Mike Hoffman is probably not ideal unless the Stars can work some salary cap magic to make it all fit.

The other option is to wait and hope that youngsters and call-ups can sufficiently fill the void left by Seguin’s absence. That too is a bit of a risk because Seguin was the team’s leading scorer with 50 points in 50 games last season.

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