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Seguin, Stars have 'high' expectations entering season

Center says addition of veterans Pavelski and Perry will be 'great for our locker room'

by Staff Report @DallasStars /

Tyler Seguin is upping the ante for the retooled Dallas Stars this season.

Speaking to a group of reporters during BioSteel Camp in Toronto on Tuesday, the superstar center said he is setting the bar "high" for the team, which shored up its scoring depth this offseason with the addition of veterans Joe Pavelski and Corey Perry in free agency.

"We want to raise our expectations," Seguin said. "I think we've had excuses in the past, a lot of new coaches over the last few years, but we know our coaching staff's style now. We established our identity last year and we want to keep building on it."


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Seguin, 27, who finished with a team-leading 33 goals and 47 assists last season in 82 games, is excited for the arrival of both Pavelski and Perry when the Stars open training camp on Sept. 13 in Frisco.

Seguin said he has exchanged text messages with Perry and got to know Pavelski better this summer while golfing with the former San Jose captain at the American Century Championship tournament in Lake Tahoe.

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"I think they're going to be great for our locker room," Seguin said. "I think Perry's going to come in with a chip on his shoulder. Just from talking to him, I know he wants to win again and he's going to bring a lot.

"Obviously Pavs, I think the biggest thing with him in San Jose, when he got hurt (during the playoffs), seeing how that team gathered around him and went to work, I think he's something special in the locker room and I can't wait to see him."

The Stars earned playoff berth for the first time in three seasons in 2018-19, knocking off Nashville in the first round before falling one win shy of the Western Conference Final with a Game 7 loss to eventual Stanley Cup champion St. Louis.


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Seguin, entering the first year of a new eight-year contract extension with Dallas, believes the team has all the pieces in place for another strong run.

"No excuses this year," he said. "We know what to expect, and let's raise our expectations and go to work in a couple weeks."

This story was not subject to the approval of the National Hockey League or Dallas Stars Hockey Club.

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