Dallas Stars CEO Jim Lites pulled no punches when assessing the play of Tyler Seguin and Jamie Benn this season.
“They’re f—ing horses—, I do not know the way else to put it,” Lites instructed reporters Friday, in accordance to The Athletic. “The workforce was okay. However Seguin and Benn have been horrible.”
And that evaluation, which Lites stated additionally comes from proprietor Tom Gaglardi, got here after the Stars’ 2-Zero shutout victory towards the Nashville Predators on Thursday.
Benn, who’s making $13 million this season, leads the workforce with 15 targets and has 15 assists. Seguin, who signed an eight-year, $78.eight million extension, is tied for second on the workforce with 11 targets, and he has 21 assists.
“For me, it’s pissed me off,” Lites stated. “What no one says is what is totally apparent to me: We’re getting horrible play from our prime two gamers. … We’re a stars-driven league, and our stars aren’t getting it executed.
“… These guys usually are not ok. They don’t seem to be ok for me, they are not ok for the proprietor, they usually’re actually not ok for the final supervisor, who I am unable to converse for, however it’s not ok for the job he is executed.”
The Stars are eighth within the Western Convention standings with 41 factors — simply 9 factors behind present No. 1 Winnipeg — coming into Friday’s video games.
Seguin scored 40 targets and Benn, the workforce’s captain, added 36 because the Stars, enjoying underneath Ken Hitchcock’s defensive-minded system, fell simply in need of the playoffs final season. Total, Benn has 269 targets in his 10 seasons, all with the Stars, whereas Seguin has averaged simply greater than 34 targets per season since becoming a member of Dallas in 2013.
“We have had assembly after assembly after assembly,” Lites stated. “The accountability on the ice [from Benn and Seguin] isn’t there. These guys have been signed to massive contracts as a result of they have been the third- and sixth-leading scorers within the Nationwide Hockey League over the previous 5 years. They get their cash, we anticipate them to not be outplayed each recreation we play in. And in the event that they have been pretty much as good as they have been prior to now we would not be having this dialog.”
Benn and Seguin instructed reporters Friday that they have not been “ok” this season and want to play higher.
“I feel it’s fairly self-explanatory: If this workforce needs to get to the subsequent stage, that begins with myself,” Benn stated. “And that is precisely what wants to occur, we want to get higher.”
Stated Seguin: “I’ve received to play higher. I am attempting to do a job, and I have not had the proper outcomes.”