Tyler Seguin should be fine to play for the Dallas Stars when the NHL regular season begins after he was injured playing for Team Canada at the World Cup of Hockey 2016, Dallas general manager Jim Nill said Wednesday.
The forward injured his leg during a pretournament game against Team USA on Friday. He was removed from the Team Canada roster on Tuesday.
"From talking to the trainers and team doctors with Team Canada, it's probably seven to 10 days with no skating and let things heal," Nill told the Stars website. "It's a foot injury, nothing tied in with the Achilles tendon [injury Seguin had last season]. It's something separate. He just needs to be off skates for seven to 10 days."
Seguin was replaced on Team Canada by Buffalo Sabres forward Ryan O'Reilly.
"[Tyler] tried to battle through it for a couple days, but in fairness to himself and the Dallas Stars, he just wasn't responding quick enough for this tournament," Team Canada general manager Doug Armstrong told Sportsnet.
Video: Seguin out of World Cup with injury
Seguin had 33 goals and 40 assists in 72 games for the Stars last season. He missed the final 10 games of the regular season after having surgery to repair a partially torn Achilles tendon and did not play in 12 of 13 Stanley Cup Playoff games because of hamstring and Achilles injuries.
"While I'm upset that I don't get the opportunity to play, I understand the situation Team Canada is in with a short tournament," Seguin said. "I wish all the best for that team, and the good news is that I'll get to be with my Stars teammates from Day One. We're excited to get the season going and we can't wait to get to [training camp] and get to work."
The Stars begin camp Sept. 23 and open the NHL season Oct. 13 against the Anaheim Ducks.
"He should be close to the start of training camp," Nill said. "We'll monitor him. We haven't seen him yet. We'll get him into Dallas and see how he is doing and how the rehab goes, but he is going to be close to the start of camp. We'll play it by ear. We want to get him 100 percent. We've got time. But it's not an injury where he is going to be missing training camp or where we are going to have to worry about missing the start of the season. It shouldn't come down to that, as far as we know."
Forward Jamie Benn, who withdrew from Team Canada because he is recovering from offseason core muscle surgery, also should be OK for training camp, Nill said.
"I think he is right on schedule. He should be a skater at the start of camp," Nill said. "We are going to monitor him closely just to make sure he is 100 percent. Our focus is on the start of the season, and we don't anticipate any trouble with him being a player at the start of the year."