Whether intended as such or not, Tyler Seguin’s recent ‘disappointed’ comments seem to have served as a subtle shot across the bow of the Dallas Stars that registered with the club.
The star forward is in the final season of his contract and indicated last week he was disappointed that an extension - which he's been eligible to sign since July 1 - hadn’t yet been reached, and that there hadn’t been negotiations since the late June entry draft.
“I think that the Dallas Stars heard Tyler Seguin’s message loud and clear,” indicated NHL Insider Elliotte Friedman during a Thursday evening appearance on NHL Network. “So last week at the BioSteel Camp he uses the word ‘disappointment’ several times, and since then there have been some picked up conversations between the team and the player and his agent, Ian Pulver, about the future.
“Now, Seguin was at the NHL media tour today in Chicago and he didn’t really go anywhere. But when you go from a player saying what he said a week ago to a player now that said, ‘I’m not really going to say a lot,’ that says to me that both sides are serious and they’re trying to make progress to see if they can get there.
“I’m not saying it’s going to happen, but it certainly sounds to me that the Stars got the message loud and clear. The two sides have been working on it. I just think the question is before it doesn’t sound like they were even close, so it sounds like there was a lot of work that needed to be done.
“And probably one of the questions they’ve got to ask is is it important for Seguin to be paid more than Jamie Benn, who’s already the captain. That’s probably one of the key issues they’re all trying to sort out here.”
Seguin’s six-year contract pays him $6.5 million this season, while the cap hit is $5.75 million.
He can become an unrestricted free agent in July.
Benn’s AAV is $9.5 million on a contract that was signed two summers ago.
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