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B’s move Seguin to wing, ‘just wasn’t working out’ at center

Apr 8, 2013, 2:47 PM EDT

Tyler Seguin AP

After a forgettable performance at center against Montreal on Saturday, Tyler Seguin is headed back to the wing.

That’s the story out of Boston today, as CSNNE.com reports Seguin — who made headlines when it was learned he’d be centering Brad Marchand and Jaromir Jagr — will be back on right wing tonight when the Bruins take on the ‘Canes.

Seguin finished Saturday’s 2-1 loss with one shot on goal, one giveaway, one faceoff lost and a minus-1 rating.

He was yanked from center duties and put in a line with Brad Marchand-Rich Peverley and, on Monday, will skate with Chris Kelly and Daniel Paille.

“I think I’ve given more compliments to [Patrice Bergeron] in the last couple of days than I have all year,” Seguin told CSNNE. “It definitely gives you more appreciation for how hard he works and the little things that he does at his position.”

The Bruins lost Bergeron to a concussion during last week’s 3-2 win over Ottawa. The reigning Selke winner was hit by Colin Greening in the second period and didn’t return, and has proceeded to miss Boston’s last two games.

The loss has caused a major shakeup in Boston’s forward group, as Bergeron’s visiton, two-way game and faceoff prowess are extremely vital to the unit’s success. Without him, Boston gets noticeably thin down the middle after David Krejci.

Peverley and Kelly are having down years and Gregory Campbell is a checking center. The hope now is that one of the aforementioned two can find their games, and the club is probably looking at Kelly to be the one to do it.

He scored a career-high 20 goals and 39 points last year, but is coming off a broken tibia that sidelined him for nearly a month.

Related: Kelly cleared to play, will make return vs. Hurricanes

  1. 8man - Apr 8, 2013 at 3:16 PM

    Not much of anything is working for the Bruins offensively. Just punchless. And it began before Bergeron got injured.

    • nhloon - Apr 8, 2013 at 4:02 PM

      Yep, that PP at the end of the Montreal game pretty much sums it up. Doing all the right things, accept for putting the biscuit in the basket. Last legit goal was against the Sens…….

  2. nosefacekillah - Apr 8, 2013 at 3:21 PM

    I have no idea what Claude is thinking. It is almost as if he is using a random number generator to develop his lines the past few days. I had no idea what I was watching during the Montreal game.

    Lucic has 5 goals on the season and hits only come when someone else hits him (Emelin). He has shown none of the grit that makes him not only feared but opens space. Jagr has spent more time in front of the crease in 2 games than Lucic has all season. Yet he seem untouchable on the top line.

    At least Horton scores a few goals. Why not blow up the top line that is scoring like a 3rd line on any other team.

  3. tdrusher225 - Apr 8, 2013 at 3:26 PM

    I just don’t see how giving Greg Campbell top 6 minutes is the solution to the Bruins scoring problem. Correct me if I’m wrong, but I’m pretty sure they scored ONE GOAL the other night! Not only that, but Seguin gets a demotion while Lucic and Horton get to skate free? What’ve they done all year? I think Lucic was demoted once this whole year? This is makes me more disgusted the more I think about it.

  4. matthews4 - Apr 8, 2013 at 3:30 PM

    The best hope is that Carl Soderberg comes over in time for the playoffs. Lucic isn’t scoring, I still see him hitting though. Bergy is one of the best 3 zone centers in the NHL, the B’s will go nowhere without him.

    • nosefacekillah - Apr 8, 2013 at 3:42 PM

      IMHO, Bergy is THE best 3 zone centers in the NHL. The B’s may win a round or two but the odds of a deep run without him are slim.

  5. tfaltin - Apr 8, 2013 at 3:56 PM

    It almost sounds to me like Seguin doesn’t think he’s capable of doing the things Bergeron does, and to be fair not many players can. Everyone who watches the Bruins knew 37 was a special player, now we’re (and apparently the B’s players themselves) just seeing the extent to his talent. Can’t say I’d love the tone if I were a Bruins fan though.

  6. cameltoews - Apr 8, 2013 at 5:44 PM

    I’m not a B’s fan but I wouldn’t be too worried about them. Despite their lack of goals recently, they have the players that can get the job done. I think losing Patrice has mentally affected some of the players. Seguin might be trying to do too much to make up for that loss. Once they realize they are still a top team that plays great defensively they will come around. Their defense and goalie will always keep them in the game. Very rarely are the B’s blown out of a game.

  7. hockeyflow33 - Apr 8, 2013 at 7:42 PM

    Why go through the growing pains of one of your top offensive talents at center when you can put him on the 3rd line and then throw your 4th line center on the 2nd line

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