Dallas Stars center Tyler Seguin had surgery Tuesday to repair a torn labrum in his right shoulder but should be ready for training camp in September, general manager Jim Nill said Wednesday.
"It's something that bothered him all season, and he could have waited to do it sometime after next season and tried to play through it," Nill said. "But with the time we had, we decided it was best to get it fixed."
Nill said recovery will take about four months. Seguin will spend the next 2-4 weeks in a sling and then have another month of rehab before he can resume skating.
"He can't say when it happened; there wasn't a hit or anything like that he can point to and say that was what caused it," Nill said. "He never got better, and it ended up being a tear in the shoulder."
Seguin led Dallas with 72 points (26 goals, 46 assists) in 82 games this season, when Dallas finished 34-37-11, sixth in the Pacific Division, and did not retain coach Lindy Ruff after missing the Stanley Cup Playoffs. Ken Hitchcock was hired as coach on April 12.
Seguin missed all but one game during last year's playoffs because of a calf injury and a partially cut Achilles tendon. This season he missed all of training camp but was ready for the first game of the season after injuring his ankle in a World Cup of Hockey 2016 pretournament game with Team Canada.
"We can trust the player to go through this rehab and get better. He'll be ready," Nill said. "He has had some unfortunate injuries and he's been through this process before."
Nill said other players are a bit banged up but that for now no one else needs surgery.
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Seguin, 25, has 306 points (133 goals, 173 assists) in 305 games during four seasons with Dallas. He played his first three NHL seasons (2010-13) with the Boston Bruins, and has 427 points (189 goals, 238 assists) in 508 NHL games.
He has 21 points (seven goals, 14 assists) in 49 playoff games, and won the Stanley Cup with Boston in 2011.
Seguin was part of a seven-player trade between the Stars and Bruins on July 4, 2013. The Bruins traded Seguin, forward Rich Peverley and defenseman Ryan Button to the Stars for forwards Loui Eriksson, Reilly Smith and Matt Fraser, and defenseman Joe Morrow.