He was supposed to be the future of the Boston Bruins’ offence. On June 25, 2010, the Bruins used the 2nd overall selection in the NHL entry draft to choose centre Tyler Seguin with a pick they received by trading young star Phil Kessel (to the Toronto Maple Leafs) a year prior. Who knew then that Seguin and Kessel would both be booted out of Boston before the age of twenty-two?
After much speculation that Seguin was an out-of-control partier, the Boston Bruins decided to trade him to the Dallas Stars on July 4th, 2013. While the Nation celebrated its independence, Seguin received news he would be moving south for a new life in sunny Dallas, Texas.
The Bruins definitely embody a specific mould – identity they use as a guideline while constructing their hockey club. Seguin didn’t really fit in, as it turned out. Team President, Cam Neely was clear about Seguin’s lack of Bruinism and the team’s dwindling patience with his development in the mini-series ‘Behind The B‘. The Pres said:
On the ice, he has all sorts of skill. Off the ice, I don’t care how old you are but after three years you should have some improvement in the areas the coaching staff have talked to him about. It’s a little slower developing than it should be and that’s because it’s the areas it’s difficult to get into for this game. For me, if we get the right deal for him, then it’s something we need to do.”
Neely got his wish – they did get the ‘right deal’. Seguin, RW Rich Peverley, and Ryan Button were sent to the Dallas Stars in exchange for LW/RW Loui Eriksson, D Joe Morrow, winger Reilly Smith, and Matt Fraser.
Tomorrow night represents the first time Seguin will skate on TD Garden ice without the ‘B’ on his chest. This time he’ll be wearing the ‘D’ that features front and centre on the newly designed Stars jersey, revealed to public on June 4th, exactly one month before the Seguin acquisition. For more on the Dallas Stars jersey reveal click this link to Dallas News dot com.
It’s a new era in Dallas, with Seguin leading the way. He’s off to a torrid start on the scoresheet, already the claimant of 15 points through 14 games. In Dallas, the former 2nd overaller enjoys more responsibility offensively, allowing him to thrive at what he’s great at – scoring goals and making plays with the puck.
The young scorer is adjusting to life as a Star. He told the Boston Globe this morning that playing centre (for the first time in the NHL) is “a lot different.”
Seguin enlightened the Globe on the difference between playing with the Stars, compared to his days with the Bruins:
“It’s two different teams. They ask two different things out of me and my game. It’s a new experience here and a new opportunity. There’s times when things are different. But it’s just about me adapting.”
Read full article by the Boston Globe.
It will be interesting to see how the crowd reacts toward Seguin in his return to Boston. Bruins fans were not friendly with Phil Kessel when he returned to Boston in a Leafs uniform. Seguin may receive similar treatment as a member of the Dallas Stars.