For most players, the offseason is rather uneventful. It’s time away from the daily NHL grind, a chance to recuperate while still practicing and improving upon their skills.
For Tyler Seguin, his offseason consisted of further rehab from his surgery, as well as a bout with COVID-19:
“Just another eye-opener for me, just realizing that this thing is still real and affects so many people... I wasn’t doing anything stupid or anything like that but maybe you have a little bit of ignorance thinking you’re more invincible being double-vaxxed. … It kind of humbled me. I’m happy that I got over it peacefully and feeling more normal now.”
With training camp only a couple weeks away, Dallas Stars players have begun migrating back to Frisco to ramp up hockey activities. Seguin’s working hard to make sure he will be back to 100% for the season opener, but that doesn’t mean it’s all serious business:
“It’s funny, I’ve been mentally trying to find the line of me just being so happy to be out there with the guys but also being focused and detail-oriented,” Seguin said. “Coming in today, goof off with the guys and be a normal athlete again, that’s the biggest thing I missed the most, was being teammates with all these guys.”
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Records are meant to be broken — what are some more obscure ones we could reasonably see broken this season?
Unbreakable records are fun. But so are the records that can seemingly be broken any day now.@DownGoesBrown celebrates 5 of the NHL's most breakable records (while we still can) and the current players who might break them ⤵️https://t.co/V3YURtlCMv— The Athletic NHL (@TheAthleticNHL) September 8, 2021
Now that Jesperi Kotkaniemi is officially a member of the Carolina Hurricanes, here’s what owner Tom Dundon had to say about the offer sheet:
"The idea we would do it for revenge, or to get even, is silly."— Sportsnet (@Sportsnet) September 7, 2021
Hurricanes owner Tom Dundon says the desire to maximum the team's unused cap space and its belief in Jesperi Kotkaniemi's "big future" led to his offer sheet.https://t.co/F4kBIivehv
In a rather unexpected move, the Ottawa Senators have extended General Manager Pierre Dorion for several more seasons:
P.K. Subban is now entering the final year of his massive $9M AAV contract. Does that make (another) trade possible?
Bruins, Maple Leafs Linked to Devils' P.K. Subban— The Hockey News (@TheHockeyNews) September 7, 2021
As the former Norris Trophy winner enters the final season of his deal in New Jersey, some Eastern-Conference contenders are kicking the tires on his availability. @SpectorsHockey’s Rumour Roundup: https://t.co/CAIa7JZKPQ
Some Hall of Famers weigh in on the Vladimir Tarasenko and St. Louis Blues situation:
It’s September, and Vladimir Tarasenko is still on the Blues roster.@jprutherford asked Blues Hall of Famers Brett Hull and Chris Pronger to weigh in on Tarasenko’s trade request, why his career with St. Louis went sideways and what happens from here ⤵️https://t.co/ZGPV26UxF3— The Athletic NHL (@TheAthleticNHL) September 8, 2021
Finally, the NWHL has rebranded themselves as the Premier Hockey Federation: