When the NHL returns at some point in the not-so-distant future, it will do so without two key members of the defending Western Conference champion Dallas Stars.
The club announced Tuesday that forward Tyler Seguin and netminder Ben Bishop each recently underwent surgical procedures, and are expected to need at least five months to recover.
Seguin underwent an arthroscopy on his right hip and had labral repair performed on the joint. He missed just a single game, but seemed to labour through the club’s postseason run, winding up with two goals and 11 assists in 26 games.
Bishop was unable to play through his ailment — a torn meniscus in his right knee — appearing just three times throughout the Stars’ time in the bubble and completing just two games. He was deemed fit to return before Game 5 of the Stars’ second-round series versus the Colorado Avalanche, but did not see the crease again after allowing four goals on 19 shots over the space of 13-plus minutes.
Anton Khudobin was brilliant in place of Bishop, starting 25 games and keeping a .917 save percentage.
Bishop had his procedure done on Oct. 21, while Seguin’s was performed on Nov. 2.
The timelines have the two key contributors eligible to return in mid-to-late March or early April.
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