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Seguin undergoes shoulder surgery

Recovery is four months, expected to be ready for training camp

by Mark Stepneski @StarsInsideEdge / Inside Edge

Stars forward Tyler Seguin played in all 82 games this season, but he played through an injury. Seguin underwent successful surgery Tuesday to repair labral damage in his right shoulder.

"He had a torn labrum in his shoulder," Stars GM Jim Nill said. "And he should be healthy by the time training camp comes around."

Nill said the recovery time for Seguin is four months.

"He's in a sling the next two to four weeks, and then the next month he can slowly get back at the rehab," Nill said. "By the third month, he'll be able to train full steam ahead, and by four months he is fully healthy."

That would be late August, well before the Stars open training camp.

Nill said the shoulder was an issue for Seguin throughout the season, but he played through it and led the Stars in scoring with 72 points (26 goals, 46 assists) in 82 games.

"It flared up during the season, and it's been kind of bothering him all season," Nill said. "In the exit interviews, they did some checks on it and saw the tear. It's something he maybe could have gotten through one more year. But because of our situation and that we had time on our side, we felt it was best to get it done right now."

Seguin suffered a heel injury at the World Cup of Hockey and missed training camp and the preseason, but was ready for the start of the regular season. He also had to deal with the lingering affects of the Achilles injury that sidelined him at the end of the 2015-16 season, acknowledging that it may have slowed him a bit.

"When I hurt my Achilles, they told me it would take about a year to be fully fixed. Still waiting for it to be fully fixed I guess," Seguin said a couple of days after the season ended. "There were times where I thought [a step of speed was missing], but again, with ourselves, with anything, with injuries, there are a lot of excuses that could have been had this year. And at the end, all you can say is those were excuses. So as far as that, I'm looking forward to a long offseason here and coming back 110 percent."

Nill said no other Dallas players are scheduled for offseason surgery at this time.

"There are some other guys with injuries and that," Nill said. "But no other surgeries required right now."

This story was not subject to approval of the National Hockey League or Dallas Stars Hockey Club. Mark Stepneski is an independent writer whose posts on reflect his own opinions and do not represent official statements from the Dallas Stars. You can follow Mark on Twitter @StarsInsideEdge.

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