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Chiarelli says Seguin needs to ‘become more of a professional’

Jun 30, 2013, 8:56 PM EDT

Tyler Seguin AP

Tyler Seguin needs to grow up.

That was the message from Boston general manager Peter Chiarelli, who admitted earlier this weekend that he’s taken calls on the second overall pick from the 2010 draft.

Whether testing the trade waters was mostly just a way to send a message to the young forward, well, we may never know. But one thing’s for sure: if Seguin’s to remain in Boston, the Bruins expect more from the player they gave a six-year, $34.5 million contract.

“He’s got to commit his mind and focus to the one task at hand,” Chiarelli said, per the Boston Globe. “He’s got to become more of a professional. You know what? I can say that about a lot of 21-year-olds. I know he got criticized for playing on the periphery and all that stuff. He did. He’s got to commit to being a professional and focusing on the game. Simple as that. He does that, we don’t expect him to be crashing and banging. Just play your game.”

It’s no secret that Seguin likes to have a good time off the ice. So do a lot of young professional athletes. But the Bruins clearly feel it’s time for him to buckle down.

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  1. c9castine - Jun 30, 2013 at 9:12 PM

    im never a fan of GMs taking this kind of stuff to the media. one way to ruin a relationship with a very good young hockey player

    • jernster21 - Jun 30, 2013 at 9:20 PM

      Seguin has more to lose than the Bruins do. He can make the same money with a bottom dweller or grow up and stick with a team that should be competing for the cup every year.

      • tuberippin - Jun 30, 2013 at 10:23 PM

        Seemed to work out fine for Patrick Kane…

      • missthemexpos - Jun 30, 2013 at 10:28 PM

        Maybe Seguin needs to stiff a cab driver.

      • c9castine - Jun 30, 2013 at 10:43 PM

        thats fine it doesnt mean calling out your player in the media is good policy.

    • ethanmacleod1685 - Jun 30, 2013 at 9:22 PM

      It’s true tho, he needs to step not only in the playoffs when it counts, but as a professional athlete

    • jcmeyer10 - Jun 30, 2013 at 9:50 PM

      I am sure he tried…

    • valoisjoeybfeld69 - Jul 1, 2013 at 5:27 AM

      Welcome to the bigs! The kid is getting paid big bucks to play hockey. Don’t you think it’s time to put pressure on him so he can step it up? For all we know the B’s could may have already spoken to Hume privately and he has yet to respond? The bug contract kicks in next season. High time for him to step up, and good for the B’s to demand accountability.

      • witchrunner - Jul 1, 2013 at 4:20 PM

        I’d be shocked if they haven’t already talked to him numerous times. This isn’t your typical “kid, you’ve got the try harder” thing. This is a specific, “we know why you’re not playing up to your potential, because your partying is interfering with your game” thing. I guess if all else has failed, then what’s the harm in the public humiliation route? I hope it works as I think the kid has tremendous talent and potential. He just has to decide whether he wants to be a middle class player or excel to the top level.

    • dropthepuckeh - Jul 1, 2013 at 8:44 AM

      I agree that is tough to hear but at this point I think the Bruins felt they had tried everything else. He was suspended once for missing the team breakfast in Winnipeg and they kept the details “in house” but it is believed he was out late the night before. They tried to get him to live with another veteran when he first moved to Boston and I’ve heard several older guys have taken him aside. Like anything, you need to find what motivates the player and they are all different. What is known is that he is very competitive and so maybe calling him out and feeding him a little humble pie might be what he needs.

      At the end of the day if you are paying a guy millions of dollars and you don’t feel he is putting 100% into the job I think you have every right to question the guy. He clearly hasn’t matured fast enough for the Bruins and they expect more. I can’t imagine being 21, single and having millions but he isn’t the first to face this “problem”. Time to grow up. I think he is used to being the best at every level he’s played and things have come easily to him. Not anymore…..

  2. stakex - Jun 30, 2013 at 9:19 PM

    Clearly Boston thinks the guy parties too much and isn’t showing any sort of maturity.

    While its true a lot of young players like to have a good time, there is a time and place for it. Once (if) it starts to affect your play in a negative way, its time to grow up. When you make the kind of money these guys do, the least you can do is keep your head in the game during the season… especially if you’re suppose to be the future of the franchise.

    • DED - Jun 30, 2013 at 9:39 PM

      Has he done any Kane like stunts?

  3. icelovinbrotha215 - Jun 30, 2013 at 9:43 PM

    BOS faithful, is Seguin a party animal? I’m sure if he was, local ppl would have heard/seen this.

    • betrayedbylife - Jun 30, 2013 at 10:58 PM

      why would a millionaire party with dudes who talk hockey on the internet all day?

      • icelovinbrotha215 - Jul 1, 2013 at 6:48 AM

        It happened in Philly with the Old City Gang (Richards, Carter, Lupel and Hartnell). Is it too far stretched to think they Seguin may party in Boston? Given that he is 21, there aren’t many ppl who are his age making that coin.

      • witchrunner - Jul 1, 2013 at 4:08 PM

        And why would a millionaire hang around with thugs and kill people (Hernandez)? Or sleep around while the wife and kids are at home (Woods)? The list goes on. The fact is that a lot of people think the rules don’t apply to them until they are applied to them.

    • micklethepickle - Jul 1, 2013 at 9:31 AM

      I could see him partying here, because Boston has a lot of college kids (rich, private-school college kids, but that probably appeals to a millionaire), but I can’t imagine him staying out “all night” – nothing here (even 7/11’s) are open late. Joke of a city, where the subway closes down at midnight on weekends. If you want to have a fun night on the town, you better not stray far from home, or at least have $$$ to hire a car.

  4. pastabelly - Jun 30, 2013 at 9:46 PM

    Peter C calling out players in public could backfire down the road. I really believe they were going to deal Seguin until Horton blew them off. Chiarelli is lucky because Seguin will out produce Horton.

    • spitfisher - Jun 30, 2013 at 10:39 PM

      Peter Chiarelli is lucky????? I think you have it backwards. Sequin is lucky to be playing on the bruins, sequin is lucky that he is making 34mill , Sequin is lucky he is not playing in “winter-peg” at the end of this season.

      I would give Sequin one more year to get his act together or as PC calls it Professional. He’s young it was a weird season, he played great in Europe, come back to the NL he was Good with several dry spells, besides his back checking he didn’t play the goal scoring level in the play offs…at all.

  5. chanceoffleury1 - Jun 30, 2013 at 9:51 PM

    I don’t think it’s too much for an organization to ask a player with a party reputation to clean up his act. Philly dealt with it for years with Carter and Richards. Even though Philly has denied it, I still think it was a huge factor in the trading of both of them. I don’t think it’s necessarily that they weren’t willing to adapt, but just the reputation they had with the fanbase and organization. If they EVER went out it became a big deal because all of a sudden it was “Carter and Richards were at so and so bar! They need to shape up!” I mean, at the end of the day most of these guys are millionaire 20 something bachelors. They’re gonna go out. With the Carter and Richards example, going to LA seems to have given them a fresh start with an organization and fanbase that doesn’t put them in such a fishbowl. There are a lot of pros to playing in these huge hockey loving markets, but that is one of the cons. Their entire lives both on and off the ice are dissected and judged by fans/media/etc. Being the “party animal” player isn’t a great marketing label to have for yourself.

    • ballistictrajectory - Jul 1, 2013 at 8:16 AM

      Just ask Derek Sanderson…

  6. jcmeyer10 - Jun 30, 2013 at 9:57 PM

    This isn’t news to Seguin… just news to us.

  7. laxman1944 - Jun 30, 2013 at 11:03 PM

    See: Mike Richards and Jeff Carter


    Just too much media


    Traded away….yeah they probably tore it up a bit much for a couple of guys who just got dump trunks filled with money but with a bit more patience and not under a microscope media they could have “grew out of it” But it was a volitile situation and something had to give.

    Such is being a Flyer fan

  8. mrpinkca - Jun 30, 2013 at 11:22 PM

    I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: If Boston want’s to trade away #19 after one bad playoffs, the Sharks are more than willing to help.

    • betrayedbylife - Jul 1, 2013 at 12:09 AM

      that would be a serious downgrade and humiliation for seguin.

  9. nhstateline - Jul 1, 2013 at 7:25 AM

    There are lots of stories about Tyler Seguin partying. Just like there were about Milan Lucic before him. Plopping these young men down in this specific city with 53 institutions of higher ed and the students that fill them is taking a chance on their maturity. Lucic eventually figured it out. Let’s see if Seguin does. In Seguin’s defense. he probably should have been in the AHL for the past couple of years refining his skills but the draft rules on players his age don’t allow for it. The AHL was the place he would have improved fastest. In the OHL, he had nothing left to learn and in the NHL he has a really steep learning curve. He needs to stay out of the bars more at night but he’s also in this situation because of a rule intended to help the CHL not young players.

  10. The Hockey Fan - Jul 1, 2013 at 3:15 PM

    For those who blame the problems in Boston on Jacobs check this out.

    • spitfisher - Jul 1, 2013 at 4:14 PM

      why? that link was pretty useless, Jacobs has surrendered the day to day operations to his Bruins staff Neely and yes Cherialli…..compared to a decade ago and earlier. For that was a problem, since this stepping to the side occurred, going back to when they signed Savard and Chara. Things for the fans have gotten light years better, what is being handled right now is the attempt at management to keep as many players under a cap- every team has to deal with it.

      has it occurred to you that if the cap was not agreed to be lowered by owners and players….well maybe we would still be in a lock out.

      The owner of the team has every right to make a profit.

  11. cfol44 - Jul 1, 2013 at 11:40 PM

    Being a huge Bruins fan, I’ve been worried about this kid from last season. He’s nothing close to what was advertised, and doesn’t come close to fitting into the Bruins team okay. The raw speed is incredible, but the same thing over and over and over again doesn’t work!!! Blown by the D and shoot from 25-30 out because you don’t want to crass the net. Beating the D to the corner for a loose puck only to peak over shoulder, hit the brakes, and turning your body into the D that was just behind him, but now beats him to the puck because he doesn’t want to check someone head in, always the same thing, shift after shift, 1 goal last 20 plus game of season, 1 goal in 24 playoff games is a joke!!!! This kid is gong to be a 6 mill a year winger/center. If they don’t get rid of him now when there is some interest, the Bruins will be paying another 5 years for 10-15 goals a year!!!! Not good!!!!
    I think it’s time to cut the cord with this kid, either trade him now when people still think he has value, or trade him prior to decline during next season if he hasn’t improved. When he wants something and is promised a gift at the end hell turn it up and score you a hat trick, then, it’s break time for 2 months. Doesn’t work in the big time kid, time to go to work, what the did during the 2 nd half of the season and in the playoffs was a joke, should have donated his check to needy people, pathetic!!!!

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