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Stars CEO rips Tyler Seguin (and Jamie Benn) in expletive-filled rant

Scott McLaughlin
December 28, 2018 - 5:16 pm

Festivus was on Dec. 23, but Dallas Stars CEO Jim Lites decided to hold his own airing of grievances Friday.

The Stars have lost six of their last nine, are in danger of slipping out of playoff position, and star forwards Tyler Seguin and Jamie Benn have gone quiet. Lites is fed up. He has a lot of problems with his two highest-paid players and wants everyone to hear about it, so he called an interview with a couple reporters and went on an expletive-filled rant.

"They are f---ing horse-s---, I don’t know how else to put it," Lites said. "The team was ok (Thursday night). But Seguin and Benn were terrible."

Seguin and Benn are both currently outside the top 50 in the NHL in scoring, a far cry from their usual spots in or around the top 10. They are also both signed to massive contracts -- Benn is in the second year of an eight-year deal at $9.5 million per year, while Seguin's eight-year extension kicks in next year at $9.85 million per.

Lites noted that Seguin has had some bad puck luck -- he leads the league in hit posts and crossbars -- but isn't accepting that as an excuse.

"He’s hitting posts, 'wah-wah.' That’s what I say about hitting posts," Lites said. "Get a little bit closer to the action, actually go to the spot where you score goals. He doesn’t do that, he never does that anymore. He used to be a pest to play against, people hated playing against Tyler Seguin, they don’t anymore."

Of course, this isn't the first time Seguin has been criticized by team management. In an episode of "Behind the B" that aired after the Bruins traded him to the Stars in 2013, current Bruins assistant GM Scott Bradley famously said that Seguin "hasn't proven he's tough enough" and that "if he gives us half of (Patrick) Kane, we win the Stanley Cup."

You can read more of Lites' quotes about Seguin and Benn in The Athletic and Dallas Morning News.