Dallas Stars star forward Tyler Seguin wants the world to know he is disappointed. And his reaction to the lack of contract negotiations has fans worried about his future with the team.
The talented forward has admitted that he is disappointed in the Stars for not offering a contract of his liking this summer and is unhappy because negotiations have been nonexistent of late. He made sure that management was aware of his feelings, using the words “disappointing” and “disappointed” a total of four times in a six-minute media scrum focused mainly on the potential 2019 free agent’s future with the Stars.
“Nothing’s really going on,” he said when asked for an update on extension talks. “Pretty much haven’t been talking much this summer. It’s been a little disappointing. I thought I’d have some exciting news to talk about at BioSteel camp, especially this late in the summer, but …”
Seguin, who has been eligible to sign a contract extension with Dallas since July 1 and is expected to make more than $10 million per year on his next deal.
“It’s been disappointing,” Seguin added, “but at the end of the day I’ve always had one year left here, so I’m focused on that, I’m focused on BioSteel camp right now, and I’m excited to get back to Dallas and I look forward to a good year.”
Reporters on site wondered if Seguin was already considering the option of testing the free agency market next summer, but it seems that the 40-goal scorer wants to take it one day at a time at the moment.
"I guess I’m not really there yet."
"Dallas has been home. I’ve been comfortable in Dallas since I got down there," he went on. "At the end of the day, I want to win, I want to be successful, I want to get back into the playoffs."
Seguin’s six year, $34.5 million expires on June 30th, 2019 and it’s expected that his $5.75 million annual salary could more than double on his next deal. The 26 year old former 2nd overall pick had a career high 40 goals for the Stars last season and put up an outstanding 78 points in 82 games. It was Seguin’s fifth consecutive 70+ point season and the second highest point total of his career.
NHL insider Nick Kypreos of Sportsnet believes a “Tavares route” seems possible for Seguin next offseason.
Only time will tell...