Tyler Seguin says he and Jamie Benn “hear the message” after Dallas Stars CEO Jim Lites ripped into the crew’s high two gamers for his or her “horrible” play this season.
“Jamie and I hear the message. I believe the entire crew hears it,” Seguin stated after he and Benn participated within the crew’s optionally available skate on Saturday. “We all know that we’ve got to play higher, and we perceive that.”
On Friday, Lites, in accordance to The Athletic, advised reporters that Seguin and Benn have been “f—ing horses—; I do not know the way else to put it.”
Stars CEO Jim Lites on Friday ranted that crew administration is irate over how Jamie Benn and Tyler Seguin have underachieved this season. “These guys usually are not ok,” he stated.
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Lites, who stated the sensation can be shared by crew proprietor Tom Gaglardi, continued to unload on the crew’s star gamers.
“For me, it is pissed me off,” Lites stated. “What no person says is what is totally apparent to me: We’re getting horrible play from our high two gamers. … We’re a stars-driven league, and our stars don’t get it performed. … These guys usually are not ok. They are not ok for me; they are not ok for the proprietor.”
Benn, the Stars’ captain who has a team-high 15 targets to go together with 15 assists, stated he wasn’t conscious Lites felt that method.
“I do not play for him [Lites],” Benn advised reporters Saturday. “I play for each participant on this room and the teaching workers. I come to the rink and, like I stated, I am proud to be a Dallas Star and proud to go on the market each evening and battle with these guys in video games. I’ve actually put my teammates first.
“… I believe realizing there’s a scenario throughout the group, I attempt to preserve it throughout the group and cope with it face-to-face.”
Seguin, who signed an eight-year, $78.eight million extension in September, additionally stated he hadn’t talked to Lites for the reason that finish of final season and was caught off-guard by his feedback.
“A little bit of a shock there. I suppose, in a single side, as a result of I clearly did not know the way he felt,” Seguin stated Saturday. “So it came as a bit of a shock. However I stated it yesterday in observe that I perceive I want to be higher.
“Jamie understands that he wants to be higher, and we’d like to lead this crew to be higher. I believe our group wants to be higher. I believe everyone seems to be annoyed the final couple of years, and it sort of came on us.”
The Stars are eighth within the Western Convention standings with 41 factors — simply 9 factors behind present No. 1 Winnipeg — coming into Saturday’s recreation towards the Detroit Pink Wings. Dallas completed one level out of a playoff spot final season.
“Nobody will get in sports activities to be mediocre, and details are we have been mediocre,” Stars coach Jim Montgomery advised reporters Saturday. “All of us want to be higher, and we obtained to do it collectively.”
“I come to the rink day-after-day, you already know,” stated Seguin, who’s tied for second on the crew with 11 targets and has 21 assists. “The Stars are my coronary heart they usually’re my crew. They’re the place I needed to be and why I signed right here, so I am going to proceed to work.”
Seguin stated that though he hasn’t talked to Lites since final season, he is open to having a dialog.
“I imply, my telephone is on the market, my quantity is on the market,” Seguin stated. “I am not complaining about [hitting] posts. I am not ‘wah-wah.’ I am not whining about it. If anybody asks what number of posts I’ve hit, I say, ‘Sure, of course I do. I am a hockey participant. I am a aim scorer.’
“However I am going to proceed to grind, proceed to shoot, and proceed to get these areas and take a look at to rating targets.”