Given how well Tyler Seguin played with a knee brace, news of him getting rid of it is kind of a big deal.
“I want to go free,” Seguin told the Dallas Morning News this week, confirming he’s skating without a brace and hopes to open training camp the same way.
“I’m sure you can use a smaller brace or a lighter brace, but they say that once you start relying on them, you never get off. I like skating without one, and I want to keep it that way.”
Seguin missed 10 games last February/March following a hit from Florida’s Dmitry Kulikov. Originally scheduled to miss up to six weeks, he returned in three to aid Dallas in its (ultimately futile) late playoff push, admitting the knee was “definitely not anywhere near 100 percent.”
Not like it mattered an awful lot.
Seguin had eight goals and 10 assists in 16 games after his return and then, just a few weeks after the regular season ended, scored a tournament-high nine goals in 10 games to help Canada capture gold at the Worlds.
It’s easy to see why Seguin wants to go full-stop right out of training camp. He knows last year’s slow start was a big reason why Dallas missed the playoffs, something the club expects to change after an exciting offeason in which it acquired Patrick Sharp, Johnny Oduya and Antti Niemi.
“After the slow start, we spent the next 60 games trying to catch up, and we were never able to do that,” Seguin explained. “The start is important, obviously, there are too many good teams to try to fight through a bad start.”
PHT’s Morning Skate takes a look around the world of hockey to see what’s happening and what we’ll be talking about around the NHL world and beyond.
OK, so this is actually field hockey related, but still pretty wild stuff about Cuban players defecting. (AFP)
Continuing with the theme of “peripherally about hockey but mostly about another sport” reads, check out this fascinating story about AVM, the company that in many ways spearheaded baseball’s stats movement. Hey, there’s at least a mention of Corsi. (Grantland)
The oral history of Lou Lamoriello’s New Jersey Devils’ days is absolutely worth a read. (The Hockey News)
Twenty-one things to note from Steve Moore’s Smashfest IV, which happened this past weekend. (Sportsnet)
A profile of Gilles “Bad News” Bilodeau. (Greatest Hockey Legends)
Is it time for the Edmonton Oilers to find a new captain as Andrew Ference fades from relevance? (Oilers Nation)
ESPN’s Scott Burnside is the latest to take a stab at the “who missed the playoffs last season but will make it in 2015-16?” question. (ESPN)
Get this, these photos of Patrick Sharp, his children and the Stanley Cup are awfully cute. Shocking, right?
Typically speaking, players and teams that file for arbitration are able to agree to terms on their own before the deadline, but that wasn’t the case with Alex Chiasson.
Sunday morning an arbitrator decided for both sides what Chiasson will make in 2015-16 and the new contract is valued at $1.2 million, per the team’s website. That’s a victory for Ottawa as it was requesting a salary of $1 million compared to Chiasson’s filing at $2.475 million.
The 24-year-old forward was coming off of his entry-level contract. He had 11 goals, 15 assists, and 67 penalty minutes in 76 contests last season. That’s down from his 35-point rookie campaign in 2013-14.
Chiasson was acquired along with Alexander Guptill, Ludwig Karlsson, Nicholas Paul, and a 2015 second rounder (Mackenzie Blackwood) in the Jason Spezza trade with the Dallas Stars last summer.