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Tyler Seguin, Jamie Benn target Stars opener

Injured forwards expected to be ready in time to face Ducks on Oct. 13

by Sean Shapiro / Correspondent

CEDAR PARK, Texas -- Center Tyler Seguin and left wing Jamie Benn are expected to be ready for the Dallas Stars season opener on Oct. 13 against the Anaheim Ducks, Stars general manager Jim Nill said Friday.

Seguin sustained a hairline fracture in his heel playing for Team Canada during the World Cup of Hockey 2016. Benn had offseason surgery on a core muscle; he was selected to play for Team Canada but chose not to participate because of recovery concerns.

Two other Stars injured in the World Cup, right wing Ales Hemsky and center Radek Faksa, are expected to recover in time for the opener, Nill said.

"I think they're all going to be ready for opening night," he said. "With injuries, you never know for sure, so I can't say 100 percent one way or another. But now, from what we've seen from injuries, everyone should be OK for opening night."

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Seguin, the Stars' second-leading scorer last season behind Benn with 73 points (33 goals, 40 assists), was injured in a pretournament game against Team USA on Sept. 9.

Seguin isn't skating but has been working out off the ice and will be re-evaluated Tuesday or Wednesday. He rode a stationary bike Friday when Dallas opened training camp at H-E-B Center, home of the Texas Stars, Dallas' American Hockey League affiliate.

"I'm going to take my time and make sure I do it right," Seguin said. "Make sure I'm at 100 percent to do what I do."

Seguin said the Achilles injury and subsequent calf injury that limited him to one game in the 2016 Stanley Cup Playoffs was feeling 100 percent heading into the World Cup.

"It was quite the bummer when it happened," the 24-year-old said. "I had never got hurt growing up. You can't play in the playoffs and you can't play in the World Cup."

Benn, who finished second in the NHL in scoring last season with 89 points (41 goals, 48 assists), skated Friday on a line with Mattias Janmark and Jiri Hudler.

"I feel good enough to be participating here on the first day," Benn said. "There's room for improvement and I personally want to keep getting better."

Faksa, who played for Team Czech Republic, has been cleared by doctors in Toronto after dealing with concussion symptoms and is scheduled to fly to Dallas this weekend. Nill said the Stars will re-evaluate the 22-year-old center, who is expected to start practicing Monday or Tuesday.

Nill said Hemsky tweaked his groin in Team Czech Republic's 4-3 victory against Team USA on Thursday and will be re-evaluated in Dallas next week.

Stars prospect Jason Dickinson also missed the first day of training camp and Nill said he's expected to be out until late October after having offseason hip surgery.

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