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Zizing 'Em Up: Healthy Seguin Shines for the Stars After Considering Retirement

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Toronto — Tyler Seguin I distinctly remember the moment when I thought my NHL career might be over.

That was January 26, 2021. The injured Dallas Stars forward sat with friends in front of crackling flames in Muskoka, Ontario, two hours north of Toronto, and watched on TV as the team lost 2-1 to him. was Overtime to the Detroit Red Wings.

“I looked at my friend and said, ‘I don’t know if I can play anymore,'” the 30-year-old told this week. do not have.

“I just couldn’t see the light at the end of the tunnel.”

21 months later, retirement is out of his mind.

Seguin is off to a good start, scoring five goals (two goals and three assists) in five games, and pledges to be “at least 15 to 20” better than his 49 goals (24 goals, 25 assists) in 81 games last season.

“I still think there’s no way [heck] Statistically, we should be in the same position as last year,” he said.

Along the way, he will never forget the time when he thought it was time for him to leave the NHL.

“Whenever it’s dark, whenever I’m feeling down, I think about being in Muskoka, where I came from,” Seguin said.

Video: WPG@DAL: Seguin sends the puck off his knees

Revival of sweat and elasticity.

After playing every game for the Stars leading up to the 2020 Stanley Cup Finals with a torn hip labrum, Seguin missed all but three games in the 2020-21 season, and spent last season grappling with his comeback from hip and knee surgery. I was there.

“His work ethic is unmatched,” said Matt Nicol, Seguin’s personal trainer. “He didn’t give up without a fight.”

Seguin says he feels better than he has in the last three years. He just started running regularly in July for the first time in three years, even after playing last season, and his hips and knees are finally back to normal.

“He’s like Tyler of old,” said Stars general manager Jim Nill. “It was tough on him. I knew how depressed he was. People don’t understand how an injury can threaten a career.

“It’s like having a new player. But it’s not.”

Through it all, Seguin still remembers being able to call it a career.

“I feel good,” he said. “But I will never forget.

“I never have.”

Disappeared but not forgotten

It has been 17 months since Jeff Gorton was fired as the GM of the New York Rangers on May 5, 2021. He’s Montreal He’s Hockey for the Canadiens He’s Executive of Operations He’s Vice President but still a soft spot for the people who play for him. A former team, he admits he still watches them play.

“I’m always happy for the players,” Gorton told last week. I hope you will have a lot of success.”

The Rangers made it to the Eastern Conference Finals last season under first-year GM Chris Drury, losing to the Tampa Bay Lighting in six games. They are 3-1-1 this season.

“Listen, I’m proud of the fact that they’re set up pretty well and ready to do some runs here over the next few years.” We could do something similar.”

Gorton, looking at the Rangers’ roster, should be proud to have played a major role in building it.

As the 2015-21 Rangers GM, Gorton signed, re-signed, traded and drafted many of the team’s players of the year, including forwards. artemi panarin, Mika GibanejadAlex Lafrenière, capo brackets, Chris Crider, Vitaly Kravtsovand Philip Kittil, and counsel Adam Fox, Ryan Lindgren, Caandre Miller, Jacob Truba, Braden Schneider, Revol Hajek When Zach JonesHe was an assistant GM under Glen Sather during his goalkeeping days. Igor Shesterkin It was drafted in 2014.

As for building something similar in Montreal, the Canadiens have a promising nucleus of young talent led by the 23-year-old captain. Nick Suzuki21-year-old Forward Cole Corfield and 18 years old Yurai Slavkovsky, the No. 1 pick in the 2022 NHL Draft, who scored his first NHL goal on Thursday. Yes, it takes patience, but the Rangers are proof that Gorton knows how to pull off a roster.

road warrior

In NHL players’ locker room lingo, the term “trade deadline suitcase” refers to the oversized bag that the player packs to the max when he considers it likely to be disposed of before the deadline. . Logic: You never know when you’ll be sent to a new city, so you need to be prepared.

Arizona Coyotes carry around a lot of those bags these days.

The Coyotes are in the middle of the season opener and will play 20 of their first 24 games away.

“I have a suitcase with a trade deadline now. I have a big boy,” defender Shane Gostisvihear said with a laugh. “It sucks when my wife comes back every two weeks and has to do the laundry and then leaves again after three days. I think there was only a match, because it’s March [a] give and take. “

The Coyotes are ready to play the first of three seasons at Arizona State University’s new multi-purpose facility, Mollett Arena. Due to scheduling conflicts with the ASU hockey team, and construction work on Coyote’s facility in his 5,000-seat area, Arizona will include his 14-game trip this fall from Nov. 5 through his Dec. , has a very busy load his schedule. 7.

“Let me just say one thing: veterans will not be familiar with that expedition,” says Gostisbehere. “But obviously that’s the hand you’re dealt. You can complain as much as you want, it doesn’t do anything. I mean, God knows how long we’ve been here, so we We know we’re on our way, but we have to deal with it.”

General manager Bill Armstrong said he had heard rumors that some players might be frustrated early in the season due to the extreme logistics they were facing, but they told him what didn’t even say

“From my point of view, they’ve been great under tough circumstances,” said Armstrong. “We brought them in to talk about building dressing rooms, training rooms, everything. We want them to be a part of every aspect of the team.”

Arizona’s home opener, which kicks off its four-game homestand, is against the Winnipeg Jets on Friday.


“He was dying. So I have known him for a long time. I couldn’t be happier for him, especially considering what happened in his life.

— Vegas Golden Knights Forward Jack Eachel, former Buffalo Sabers forward and coach Don Granat on his new two-year deal with Buffalo. Granat, who was an assistant to the Sabers at the time, was hospitalized during the 2019 preseason and at one point was told by doctors that he could die if he didn’t undergo surgery in the next five minutes.

sunday list

On June 14th, eight days after being fired as the Boston Bruins’ coach, Bruce Cassidy was hired as the Vegas Golden Knights’ coach. It’s been a whirlwind for the 57-year-old and his family, especially with his lifestyle change from New England to the desert.

1. “Living away from the world [Las Vegas] strip. If you come in as a visiting team, stay there, be among all the lights and bells and whistles, play and then leave. But away from it, it’s a place of community and family. That part was enlightening. ”

2. “How hockey grew here. No matter which handful of rinks you go to, there are always kids playing. Shows the impact the Golden Knights have had on the community.”

3. “Light traffic. I thought there would be a lot, but it was the other way around. A big change from Boston. I mean, I don’t think I’ve heard a car horn since I’ve been here.”