Tyler Seguin didn’t arrive on time for the Dallas Stars’ practice on Friday and for that head coach Lindy Ruff has decided to make him a healthy scratch for the season finale against Nashville, per the Dallas Morning News’ Mike Heika.
Ruff was asked on Friday about the possibility of Seguin being scratch and at the time he responded with, “We’re going to deal with that internally.”
This move certainly isn’t unprecedented. Roughly a month ago Toronto’s Nazem Kadri found himself out of the lineup after missing a team meeting and Stars forward Cody Eakin was also scratched in March for disciplinary reasons.
Dallas won’t make the playoffs either way, so in that regard this might be a good opportunity for Ruff to send a message to Seguin and his teammates. At the same time, it will deny Seguin an opportunity to set a new career-high in goals as he’ll now finish with 37 for the second straight season. It also takes away Jamie Benn’s regular linemate as the Stars captain battles for the Art Ross Trophy.