This past Monday, Tyler Seguin finally made his season debut for the Dallas Stars, his first hockey game in a little more than seven months. To put it lightly, Seguin’s journey through rehab was not easy.
For instance, Seguin’s surgeries were on his hip and later his knee, but the proximity of the two surgeries to one another ended up costing him his quad as well:
“I ended up losing kind of my whole quad muscle,” Seguin said. “That’s what I’ve been dealing with the last five months, rebuilding the quad and have all the mechanics moving properly.”
“He comes there and he’s got, like, a chicken leg,” [chiropractor Mike] Prebeg said. “Everything we do hurts. We did an exam, and we’re trying to find out where he is and what he can do and try to take it from there. The problem is, there wasn’t much he could do.”
The rehab process itself is rather tolling, not just physically, but mentally as well. As Seguin’s longtime trainer Matt Nichol puts it, it can be hard for athletes to truly feel like they’re making progress when the results are so small:
“If you’re an athlete who, for your whole life, you’ve bought into the idea that you’re willing to do the hard, uncomfortable work and every time you do that, tomorrow and the next day, you see the benefits. This rehab process is not like that. You’re not getting these big, significant improvements in muscle size that you can see and feel the next couple of days. You get small, tiny incremental improvements in range and motion, which are very significant to someone like me, but they’re not as exciting for an athlete.”
You can read more about Seguin’s rehab from Saad Yousuf here.
If you think Jake Oettinger is good now, just wait:
It’s gameday, with Dallas looking to keep their playoff hopes alive with a matchup against the Tampa Bay Lightning:
Jason Robertson registered two points (1G, 1A) on Monday night and has now posted 15 points (5G, 10A) over his last 12 games.@JasonRob1999 looks to continue the push tonight. @PNCBank | #GoStars https://t.co/Vdjwg6ioFT— Dallas Stars (@DallasStars) May 5, 2021
It’s not technically a must-win, but...
If Nashville defeat Columbus in any fashion while Tampa Bay defeats Dallas in regulation, Nashville will qualify and the Dallas will be eliminated. Any other results will leave 4th in the Central up for grabs.— Micah Blake McCurdy (@IneffectiveMath) May 5, 2021
Around the League
Recap: The Canes fell behind 2-0 early but struck back to top the Blackhawks, winning 6-3 thanks to two goals from Andrei Svechnikov and Nino Niederreiter.@AlecSawyer on Carolina’s win in its penultimate regular season home game: https://t.co/dCg17WduxN— x - Canes Country (@CanesCountry) May 5, 2021
Tom Wilson was not suspended by the NHL Department of Player Safety, so the New York Rangers decided to drop a bombshell on the hockey world:
Elliotte Friedman gives his thoughts on the situation, as well as offering his brief opinion on the Stars’ season:
After this controversy, it’ll be interesting to see how the DoPS responds with today’s hearing on Shayne Gostisbehere:
Flyers defender Shayne Gostisbehere will have a hearing Wednesday for a boarding incident against Pittsburgh's Mark Friedman late in the teams' game on Tuesday night.https://t.co/reGJx69Bu8— Sportsnet (@Sportsnet) May 5, 2021
Ryan Miller has retired from hockey — does he have a case for the Hall of Fame?
Is Ryan Miller Hockey Hall of Fame Worthy?@RyanMiller3039 was a college all-star, NHL Vezina Trophy Winner and an Olympic MVP. But will it be enough to send him to the Hockey Hall of Fame?: https://t.co/YgzwzzGG9v— The Hockey News (@TheHockeyNews) May 5, 2021
Joe Pavelski for Selke, anyone?
Top defensive forwards this season by even strength defence wins above replacement:— JFresh (@JFreshHockey) May 5, 2021
(a lot of bottom-six low-event kings, unsurprisingly) pic.twitter.com/2yKX7olC4m
Finally, a dose of positivity for your day:
Access to hockey for underserved children. Efforts to end youth homelessness. Support for marginalized communities impacted by climate change.— The Athletic NHL (@TheAthleticNHL) May 4, 2021
All these challenges are at the heart of the One Roof Foundation, the charitable arm of the Seattle Kraken ⤵️https://t.co/l7HUi8scQV