Whatever it is, it may not be what the team needs, writes Sean Shapiro. Stars fans may have expected it, but there’s a new book out on Jamie Benn: that at 31, the Benn who could activate Beast Mode at the drop of a puck just isn’t there anymore.
I thought this shortened format would bring us the best version of Benn, one who was healthy and rested. Instead, the round robin has proved that Benn can’t drag this team out of a skid anymore, just like he couldn’t do it when the team lost six straight games to end the regular season before the stoppage.
“He doesn’t take games over anymore; it’s been at least two years since that happened where you actually have to fear Jamie Benn,” one NHL scout said. “There are games he dials it back up, and he gets respected because of what he’s done in the past in-game prep, but in reality, he’s not a superstar you worry about.”
Additionally, Shapiro’s questions to 10 NHL scouts have led to the uncomfortable conclusion that Tyler Seguin may not be able to drive a line anymore:
Case in point, the Stars have struggled to find a line fitting since the restart that gets the best version of Seguin. A player of the caliber Seguin is conceived and paid to be shouldn’t need the right fit to make an impact.
“He’s not getting the same amount of help he used to with Benn’s decline,” another scout said. “If he went somewhere else, he may return to form, but Dallas doesn’t have the supporting cast, and he can’t carry a team.”
There’s more behind the paywall. [The Athletic DFW]
The NHL has put a Game 7 on the USA Network, so there are firsts everywhere this season. This hero can help you find the channel.
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The Stars know what they have to do. Now we’ll find out if they can finish the job.
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Around The League(s)
FOLKS, WE HAVE A GAME 7 https://t.co/GhpyZFcU4J— Broad Street Hockey (@BroadStHockey) September 4, 2020
Conference Semi-Final Game 6 RECAP: NUCKS WIN 4-0! DEMKO WINS SO! For Real! https://t.co/8xGCcLBAgu— Nucks Misconduct (@nucksmisconduct) September 4, 2020
On top of the Flyers’ big win, Oskar Lindblom returned to play for the first time since his bone cancer diagnosis, so it’s pretty emotional out there.
Today I learned that the highest-paid players in the NHL are all on teams that have already been eliminated from the Stanley Cup playoffs. The IIHF has done the sums.
Just as there is no “i” in “team,” there is no “top-paid player” in the playoffs as the best paid NHL players and their teams are out of #StanleyCup contention. Check out some interesting numbers: https://t.co/Qz84fTGbZu— IIHF (@IIHFHockey) August 31, 2020
In other news, That Hockey gets another reminder that there’s still a pandemic out there.
It’s a big ask. But I’m willing to try if you are.