Dallas Stars fans have had plenty to be happy about during the first days of the 2022-23 season. But few developments have brought more unalloyed joy than seeing Tyler Seguin return to his pre-surgery form.
Stars senior staff writer Mike Heika examined Seguin’s long road back from injury, and the new aspect of his signature swagger, in his latest post. First up was how the veteran forward adapted his game:
Over the past few years, Seguin has dealt with a sliced Achilles tendon, some knee injuries, and problems with his hip. He missed almost all of the 2020-21 season and then had to battle through 81 games last year, finishing with 49 points (24 goals, 25 assists) - a significant decline in his normal production.
Still, it was an important year as Seguin got healthy and found a new way to play the game. Instead of flying up and down the ice or unleashing a one-timer on the power play, the hobbled forward went to the net and battled for everything he could get.
“You do what you have to do,” he said.
Seguin has had plenty of opportunities to reflect on what he can do, and where he wants his game to be. This season, finally, his abilities and his ambitions are reuniting:
“Sometimes, you do wonder if you’re figuring out: `Is this the new me? What exactly is my ceiling? Am I just a third- or fourth-line player?’” he said. “You do have to figure what you’re going to be after injuries, and it changes because of how you feel and how you’re recovering.”
This year, he feels a lot more like the old Seguin. He’s skating better, he’s got good linemates in Wyatt Johnston and Mason Marchment, and he’s playing in a system that feeds his creativity and takes advantage of his offensive skills.
“It’s fun,” he said.
There’s more at Mike’s place. [Dallas Stars]
Seggy is the face of every game against the Toronto Maple Leafs, but this time feels special.
#TexasHockey takes Toronto— Dallas Stars (@DallasStars) October 20, 2022
Toronto Maple Leafs
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Oh hey, Halloween weekend is bringing some extra festivity this year.
Spend time alongside Stars players, watch the Inaugural Dallas Stars Hall of Fame Induction, and join us for a Concert Celebration with Midland presented by @GreyGoose on Sunday, October 30th!— Dallas Stars (@DallasStars) October 20, 2022
@MidlandOfficial | #TexasHockey
Bruce LeVine coming in hot this week. Thoughts?
Ryan Suter deserves a lot more credit than some fans think.— Bruce LeVine (@BruceLeVinePuck) October 19, 2022
My column for @DallasHockeyNow https://t.co/RGoz7TO2g0
Around The Leagues
- The Winnipeg Jets won a 4-3 overtime thriller against the Colorado Avalanche, but even their fans have questions about their three-on-three deployment. [Arctic Ice Hockey]
- And because 4-3 in OT was in the memo last night, the St. Louis Blues repeated that feat against the Seattle Kraken. [Davy Jones’ Locker Room]
If you’re old enough to remember Erik Cole going human wrecking ball, Yanni Gourde’s performance last night should tickle your hockey fancy.
Yanni Gourde kills 15 seconds of powerplay time without a stick. Give him a tryout, @SoundersFC. #SEAKraken pic.twitter.com/K3eota97Vm— Emerald City Hockey (@EmeraldCityHky) October 20, 2022
And Shane Wright is already giving off those shoulda-picked-me-first-overall vibes.
Someone grab that puck! ⚫— NHL Public Relations (@PR_NHL) October 20, 2022
Shane Wright, the No. 4 pick from the 2022 #NHLDraft, recorded his first career point with an assist on Ryan Donato's second-period goal. #NHLStats: https://t.co/drOoDGMPw1 pic.twitter.com/FjwY2QJaN0
Meanwhile, Sean Shapiro takes to his Substack to reflect on Jakub Vrana, the Player Assistance Program, and “the most important story I’ve covered in my career.”
I wasn't going to write about Jakub Vrana, I'm still not. But after Stephen Johns asked me today if wanted to see the #MentalMiles documentary I had to write something about how it's ok to deal with shit, ok to struggle. Also, treat humans like humans. https://t.co/Elw0noMXqX— Sean Shapiro (@seanshapiro) October 20, 2022
Calgary is still trying to move on from the Saddledome. Could this round of talks produce a viable deal?
Previous deal for event centre agreed upon in 2019 collapsed last year— Hockey Night in Canada (@hockeynight) October 19, 2022
Team Canada forward Katie Weatherston got only $4,000 to cover her ongoing brain-injury expenses, presumably because too much money was tied up in paying off abused athletes.
How would you feel if a fund that was supposed to help athletes that were injured and underinsured instead was used to settle sexual abuse allegations?— CBC Olympics (@CBCOlympics) October 19, 2022
Olympic gold medallist @ktweatherston says "it's a slap in the face"
More: https://t.co/GxWkb1U7kj pic.twitter.com/4cF9CWr1Lc
Greetings From Scenic Cedar Park
Want to know what’s next for the Texas Stars? Here’s a preview.
Your Week 2 preview is here! Catch up with JP on Opening Weekend, our upcoming road-trip and more!— Texas Stars (@TexasStars) October 19, 2022
Check it out! pic.twitter.com/LdehB5pFoy
More players are on the move as the T-Stars and Idaho Steelheads do some shuffling.
We have loaned forward Ryan Dmowski to the Idaho Steelheads and reassigned goaltender Adam Scheel from Texas to Idaho.— Texas Stars (@TexasStars) October 19, 2022
Another season, another great Anton Khudobin cage reveal.
ANTON KHUDOBIN @DallasStars Dobby the sheriff is back on duty!!! @TexasStars @Progoalie @VaughnHockey #SylabrushAirbrush #WhenDetailsMatter pic.twitter.com/1NtwMlGWeL— Sylvie Marsolais (@Sylabrush) October 19, 2022
Finnish Mafia. Enjoy.
For good measure. #TexasHockey pic.twitter.com/ScmBqqdFmn— Dallas Stars (@DallasStars) October 20, 2022