Stars forward Tyler Seguin will miss the next 3-4 weeks after sustaining a cut to his Achilles tendon in Thursday night’s game against the Tampa Bay Lightning.
The injury, a fifteen-percent cut to the Achilles tendon, occurred with only 22 seconds left in the third period of last night’s 4-3 win as Seguin and Lightning defenseman Anton Stralman appeared to get tangled up in a puck battle.
Stars general manager Jim Nill explained Friday that the fifteen-percent cut is “probably the best-case scenario other than the tendon being totally cut. They operated on [Seguin] this morning, stitched him back up. He will be out 3-4 weeks and should be back for the playoffs.”
Seguin isn’t expected to play again for the rest of the regular season. That’s a significant setback for Dallas given that the Stars are still competing for playoff positioning. On the plus side, though, he should be healthy early in the first round, if not for Game 1, and he’ll be well-rested after getting a few weeks off. That doesn’t make this a great scenario for the Stars, but it’s far from the worst outcome.
As Nill said, “It’s as good a case scenario as it could be, considering how he got cut [and] where he got cut.”
Small cut, Nill said. Seguin was operated on this morning and had it stitched.
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Seguin is a fantasy hockey stud who currently ranks third in league scoring with 33 goals and 40 assists for 73 points in 72 games this season. His loss will be a huge blow to fantasy owners, especially given the timing of the injury.
Interestingly, Seguin also suffered a late-season injury last year, which, in my opinion, ultimately cost the Dallas Stars a playoff spot. Even though the club will make the playoffs this year despite the injury, it is hard to say how an injury to such a key piece will affect team chemistry, and how Seguin will play and feel when he does return to the lineup.
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