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Setoguchi apologizes for going out with buddies, missing team meeting

Jan 12, 2012, 10:47 AM EDT

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After a short stint in the doghouse, Minnesota winger Devin Setoguchi emerged to make amends with his teammates.

“There’s no excuse,” Setoguchi said after being made a healthy scratch for missing a team meeting. “We have one job, and that’s to come to the rink.

“It’s my fault. I paid for it. Now I’ll try to get back in the trust of the coach and the team. I’ve just got to earn it back with some hard work.”

Setoguchi was supposed to be in the lineup Tuesday against his former team, the San Jose Sharks, but something went awry. According to Mike Russo of the Minnesota Star-Tribune, multiple sources said Setoguchi was out with some of his ex-Sharks mates the night before, fueling speculation the mini-reunion caused him to miss Tuesday morning’s team meeting.

“You feel bad all day. You never want it to happen to you,” Setoguchi said. “You’ve got to be accountable, especially when things aren’t going right. It’s unacceptable and inexcusable and thankfully enough, I got bailed out by our team [with a win over San Jose]. It was nice to watch. It was just too bad I couldn’t be out there.”

Many have credited Wild head coach Mike Yeo for making the disciplinary move when he did. It was a bold decision; Minnesota had been struggling offensively and Setoguchi was playing well, recording one assist and nine shots on goal in the previous two contests.

But it seems one of hockey’s favorite buzz terms — accountability — trumped all else.

  1. finfan88shark - Jan 12, 2012 at 11:02 AM

    Interesting Seto was out partying with 6 SJ players and he gets benched. Yet coach Todd McFluffen plays the 6 Sharks players who were out all night partying. No wonder the team looked like crap against Minnesota.

    • ThatGuy - Jan 12, 2012 at 11:40 AM

      Did those 6 players miss their morning meetings though? He wasnt scratched for partying with friends(that happens almost every night in the NHL) He was scratched for missing a meeting.

      • finfan88shark - Jan 12, 2012 at 12:44 PM

        The Sharks did not have a meeting that day. Coach McFlullin did not want to disturb the players and let them set their own game day schedule.

  2. ch0pstyx - Jan 12, 2012 at 4:34 PM

    Only in hockey do you see players own up to their questionable doings and that’s all I really have to say. He made a mistake and owned up to it. On his way back to being a class act.

  3. nhlbruins90 - Jan 12, 2012 at 4:36 PM

    Are you sure it was because he was out partying? Maybe his alarm was still on Pacific Time. That’s what happened to Seguin, and I believe him.

  4. sjsharksfan11 - Jan 12, 2012 at 6:13 PM

    The sharks need to worry about the penalty kill and power play before partying with the puck hog. Glad that smug punk isn’t on the team anymore. He has an arrogance you wouldn’t notice unless you met him for an autograph. He’s full of himself.

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