Stars share staggering injury list from Stanley Cup Final run
If you want to remember how brutal the playoffs can be for NHL players, all you should consider is the list of injured players shared by the Dallas Stars on Thursday. Up to 13 Stars players have either missed the time or injured themselves during the run to the 2020 Stanley Cup Final.
Looking back, the Stars' Injury List reveals why Jamie Benn and others were so emotional at press conferences after winning the Stanley Cup from lightning. It has to be exhausting to lose two wins before a championship. But to do it after making significant physical sacrifices along with the emotional ones that came from living in the playoff bubble? You could also fight tears.
Tyler Seguin could miss the start of the 2020-21 season
Of all the stars' playoff injury updates, Tyler Seguin could be the most important consideration.
Not only did the stars shed light on Seguin's goals, they also noted that Seguin's injury could force him to miss the start of the 2020-21 season. (At least if it starts January 1, 2021, as the NHL and NHLPA hope.)
For one, Seguin dealt with knee problems before the pandemic break. Most urgently, however, Seguin should consider surgical options after contracting a torn labrum in his hip. (Back to almost a decade ago when there were marbles about underlying hip problems.)
The list of star playoff injuries during the Stanley Cup final was staggering
Again, Seguin was far from being alone. Also note:
Ben Bishop had knee surgery in May.
This is worrying given the size of the bishop, his age (turns 34 on November 21) and his history of injuries. Though maybe at some point he can get closer to something that resembles full power now that he can heal?
Apparently Jamie Benn had a shoulder injury.
After Anton Khudobin felt numb, he was operated on on his arm.
Stars GM Jim Nill mentioned that Khudobin is headed for the 2020 NHL Free Agency.
After breaking his ankle against the Golden Knights, Roope Hintz also injured his hip.
Center Radek Faksa broke his wrist.
Given his history of concussions, it's not shocking that Stephen Johns didn't feel comfortable at the 2020 Stanley Cup Playoffs. It's unclear whether Johns will be retiring or trying to return for the stars in the future.
Miro Heiskanen played with hip problems. Maybe that caused him to slow down a bit during the 2020 Stanley Cup final? Esa Lindell didn't miss any time, but also had to deal with a hand injury. John Klingberg rounded off the defense and played with shoulder problems. (In fact, Taylor Fedun also sustained a knee injury.)
While Jason Dickinson managed to play, he battled ankle / foot problems through Matthew DeFranks and Callie Caplan of the Dallas Morning News.
Blake Comeau faced a severed shoulder, which made the penalty shoot-out even more difficult for Dallas.
The Dallas Stars didn't win it all, but you can't complain about how hard they worked. That injury list is amazing, even by the already amazing standards for playoff injuries in the NHL.
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