Dallas Stars CEO Jim Lites called the team's two highest-paid players Jamie Benn and Tyler Seguin "f****** horse-s***".
Lites held nothing back as he described the pair's performance following the Stars' 2-0 NHL win over the Nashville Predators – Benn and Seguin providing little help.
That has been a theme this season as Benn and Seguin have combined for 62 points in 38 games. There are two individual NHL players who have already eclipsed the 60-point mark this season in Nikita Kucherov (61) and Mikko Rantanen (60).
Those two players are making a combined $10million this season, while Benn and Seguin are receiving $20m.
"They are f****** horse-s***, I don't know how else to put it," Lites said, via The Athletic. "The team was ok. But [Tyler] Seguin and [Jamie] Benn were terrible."
Lites' words are strong, but Benn and Seguin told reporters they are well aware they need to be better.
"Not good enough," Seguin said, via The Athletic. "I've got to play better. I'm trying to do a job, and I haven't had the right results."
"I think it's pretty self-explanatory; if this team wants to get to the next level that starts with myself," Benn told The Athletic. "And that's exactly what needs to happen, we need to get better."
The Stars occupy the second wild-card spot in the Western Conference but they are just one point clear of the Vancouver Canucks and two points away from the Edmonton Oilers. If Benn and Seguin do not play better, Dallas could miss the playoffs.
"These guys have been great players, but we are 40 games into this season and they aren't getting it done," Lites said. "We are going to sleepwalk to another 14th place from the bottom and miss the playoffs."