FRISCO — Stars forward Tyler Seguin played through a fractured foot during the team’s first-round series loss to Calgaryhe said during season-ending media availability on Tuesday morning.
Seguin said he injured his foot in Game 1 against the Flames, and managed the pain with painkillers in the remaining six games of the series vs. Calgary. Seguin said he will not require surgery to heal his foot.
Stars general manager Jim Nill said forward Luke Glendening twisted his knee on the hit by Flames defenseman Nikita Zadorov in Game 6, in addition to experiencing some concussion-like symptoms. Nill also said Glendening was dealing with a groin injury. The knee injury would have kept Glendening out 2-4 weeks, Nill said.
Forward Roope Hintz missed Game 7 due to a reaction to treatment for an oblique injury. Forward Radek Faksa did not play after the second period of Game 7 due to a concussion. Goaltender Braden Holtby missed the final two months of the season with a hip injury.
Nill said the team is still going through the season-ending medical process, but he does not expect any major surgeries to happen in the offseason.
For Seguin, the fractured foot is the latest injury hurdle he’s had to get past. In 2020, he played through a torn labrum in his hip during the run to the Stanley Cup Final. The past two years have been spent recovering from surgeries to his hip and knee.
He said this offseason will be focused on “getting that explosiveness back.”
“Just getting little things in my body that I was missing this year that I can get back,” Seguin said. “Knowing I needed one more summer, and I’m excited for it.”
Seguin finished the series against Calgary with two goals and two assists in seven games.
Trio to Worlds: Three Stars players will compete for their countries in the ongoing World Championship in Finland.
Defensemen Miro Heiskanen and Esa Lindell will join Finland’s team, while rookie forward Jacob Peterson will play for Sweden.
It is Heiskanen’s second time playing in the World Championship, while Lindell will represent Finland at the Worlds for the third time. Peterson has never played in the World Championship.
Peterson had 12 goals and five assists during 65 NHL games this season, which was his first in North America after playing professionally in Sweden. Nill said he spoke to Peterson about his transition: to life in the United States, to a longer schedule and to a different playing style.
“I said ‘Remember when we talked about that?’ He said ‘yeah.’ ‘Did you think it was going to be a concern?’ ‘No,’ he said, ‘but now I understand why,’” Nill said. “That’s why you have to go through it. He went through it. He didn’t miss a beat. Sometimes, you hit the wall. That’s going to happen to every player, especially a player from Europe.”
Draft: By virtue of their first-round loss to Calgary, the Stars will select 18th in the NHL draft this summer, behind Nashville and just ahead of Los Angeles.