Dallas might be the biggest loser at the World Cup
And you thought it would be Team USA.
No, the team that’s lost the most at the World Cup of Hockey didn’t even participate -- it’s the Dallas Stars.
-- Tyler Seguin suffered an injury during the exhibition campaign, and was dropped from Team Canada. Dallas later revealed Seguin suffered a hairline fracture in his heel.
-- Radek Faksa was dealing with concussion symptoms after a questionable Ryan Getzlaf hit during the Czech’s blowout loss to Canada. He didn’t play in either of the Czechs’ final two games of the tournament.
-- Ales Hemsky left Thursday’s win over the U.S. early, and didn’t return. It’s not clear what the injury might be, as Czech head coach Vinny Prospal wasn’t asked about it in his postgame presser.
It’s a tough situation for GM Jim Nill, to say the least.
Seguin is part of Dallas’ dynamic duo with Jamie Benn, and the profoundness of his absence was highlighted last spring, when he only played in one of the Stars’ playoff games due to a lacerated Achilles. The Stars weren’t nearly as dangerous without Seguin in the lineup.
Faksa is a good, up-and-coming center. He made his NHL debut in last season and fared well, with 12 points in 45 games, but really came into his own in the playoffs, scoring five points -- including two game-winning goals -- while bumping his TOI up to 16:08 per night.
Hemsky’s been something of a disappointment since landing in Dallas, but he’s still a talented guy that performed well in his second year (13 goals, 39 points) than his first (11 goals, 32 points). Hemsky also had a bigger role in the playoffs, scoring four points in 13 games while averaging 15:24 TOI per night.
It’s also worth noting that, during the World Cup, RFA forward Valeri Nichushkin opted to sign with KHL powerhouse CSKA Moscow.
So yeah, hasn’t been a great tournament for Dallas -- but there is a silver lining. The Stars don’t have any players competing anymore.