Lack of scoring from Stars’ Tyler Seguin, Jamie Benn disappointed Coach Jim Montgomery
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Following 3-2 loss of the Stars in Winnipeg this Sunday afternoon, coach Jim Montgomery expressed his disappointment with his 2 highest-paid players, including Tyler Seguin and Jamie Benn. They weren’t mentioned by name, but will get the message.
Are you frustrated with the scoring of your top players right now?
“Extremely disappointed,” Montgomery said.
Are you seeing signals of their progress?
“No. Are you?”
Gaining no score on Sunday, Benn and Seguin marked the 14th time in 18 games which franchise cornerstones have not found the back of the net. Seguin has only one goal in his last 14 games, while Benn was scoreless to 13 games on Sunday.
The Stars is having points in 8 of the last 9 games, carrying an 8-8-2 record thanks to Mattias Janmark and Radek Faksa’s goals. Winnipeg’s Mark Scheifele gained the game-winning goal in overtime on a 2-on-1 just 21 seconds in the extra period.
Seguin is now in his first year of a contract extension for 8 years, which has a $9.85 million cap hit and another $13.5 million salary this season. Tying for the team lead Sunday with 5 shots on goal, he topped that figure just once in his season’s first 18 games. Meanwhile, Benn is now in the 3rd year of an eight-year contract extension, with a $9.5 million cap hit and a $13 million salary this season. He played a season-low 13:03 on Sunday and received more ice time than only two other Stars forwards.
Among the 50 highest paid forwards in the NHL this season, only three have one or fewer goals. Benn is one of them. Ottawa’s Bobby Ryan has become a healthy scratch for the rebuilding Senators. The Islanders’ Jordan Eberle has played just six games due to injury.
There were only three among the 50 highest paid forwards in NHL this season have one or fewer goals, and Benn is one of them. Besides, Ottawa’s Bobby Ryan has become a healthy scratch for the rebuilding Senators while the Islanders’ Jordan Eberle played just six games due to his injury.
What can Montgomery do to fix it?
“We’ve tried to reduce ice time. We’re trying video, 1-on-1 sessions. They got to decide that they want to be a difference maker. We got really good big goals by Janmark and Faksa and that’s our third and fourth line”, Montgomery said.