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Stars GM confident in what he got in Seguin

Jul 5, 2013, 9:52 AM EDT

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Over the last week, reports have come out that have put some of 21-year-old Tyler Seguin‘s off-ice actions under the microscope.

Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli publicly said that Seguin needs to be “more of a professional” and after Seguin was sent to Dallas, a report surfaced that the Bruins had a “sit-down” with the young forward during the Leafs series.

If any of that makes Stars GM Jim Nill nervous, he’s not showing it.

“Well, [executive advisor Mark Recchi] knows him very well. He’s not an unknown,” Nill said, according to the Dallas Morning News. “I watched Tyler when he was in Plymouth. I lived in Detroit there as you know and I’ve seen him grow up as a junior and turn into a great pro.

“We’re very fortunate he played with the Boston Bruins. They do things right. I know he’s had great coaching and great fundamentals and he’s built a great foundation there. So we’re very fortunate that way. We just look forward to him taking a leadership role down here in Dallas.”

It’s worth noting that Chiarelli also recently came to Seguin’s defense.

“No player is perfect, either as a player or an individual,” Chiarelli said. “All this stuff mushrooms into a proliferation of items on social media. I get overwhelmed by the number of stuff that comes out. Maybe some of it’s true, but I know not all of it’s true. Tyler’s a 21-year-old. He’s a good kid. He’s got a good heart. He’s going to continue to grow up.”

Seguin has been serving primarily as a winger with the Bruins, but he played as a center before being drafted and is expected to shift back to that position. He’s also projected to skate alongside 23-year-old Jamie Benn and the two will have an opportunity to play together for years to come.

  1. nananatman - Jul 5, 2013 at 10:07 AM

    21 year olds are not kids, teenager wasn’t even a word until the 50’s and before that you had children and then laborers.

  2. greenmtnboy31 - Jul 5, 2013 at 10:08 AM

    Congratulations Mr. Nill, you have just acquired one of the best young players in the league, apparently just because he had one sub-par post season. Me thinks this is short sighted of the B’s, but time will certainly tell.

  3. 950003cups - Jul 5, 2013 at 10:10 AM

    Dallas seems to be serious about re-gaining their fans to come back. That’s a gutsy move. The kid is great, but a bit of a head case.

    • hockey412 - Jul 5, 2013 at 11:02 AM

      Now he’s a head case? This is progressing quickly.

  4. jcmeyer10 - Jul 5, 2013 at 10:41 AM

    The Bruins wanted more stability from 5.75 million dollar cap hit, and would rather hang their hats on Krecji and Bergeron. They also got back what they figure Seguin will settle into without having to go through the growing pains with Erikson.

    The Stars could and needed to take a chance on acquiring a young star (har har). I think this works out well for both teams.

    Just a B’s fan’s perspective.

    • 19to77 - Jul 5, 2013 at 11:16 AM

      Why’d they give $6m a year to Milan Lucic on the basis of one 30-goal season, then? Looch brings a lot of things to the team, but that’s still really steep for what he does.

    • lordfletcher - Jul 5, 2013 at 12:06 PM

      Wild fan who thinks both teams got what they needed.

      I personally like what Boston got, could pay off more in the long run. All of this is depending on how good Seguin becomes but with him and Nichushkin, what a summer!

  5. snipedanglecelly13 - Jul 5, 2013 at 10:43 AM

    Dallas got a great deal, I wish Detroit could’ve got him. He’s gonna be one of the top scorers when he develops

    • jcmeyer10 - Jul 5, 2013 at 11:00 AM

      What’s scary is playing on a perennial contender (looking forward as well) couldn’t get him to work a quarter as hard as Jagr. What happens to his motivation when the grind is for the 8th seed in the playoffs.

      What if he never develops?

      • greenmtnboy31 - Jul 5, 2013 at 11:31 AM

        Boston finally has a couple of good seasons and now they’re a “perennial contender”; interesting leap. In the absence of Timmy Thomas, Boston remains without a cup and on the outside looking in.

  6. amityvillefun - Jul 5, 2013 at 10:49 AM

    Not sure this is a good deal for Boston….time will tell. Chiarelli seems like a smart GM, but giving up on this kid too soon might bite him in the arse.

    Tyler, it’s a shame you didn’t take the opportunity you were given in Boston more seriously. It’s a great hockey town and you would have been appreciated. However, if you are too busy partying it up and chasing skirts while Bergeron plays with a punctured lung and Campbell plays on a broken leg, well, maybe you need to re-assess what is important.

    You are paid millions to be a great hockey player. Not to chase tail and act like a kid on Spring Break!

    That being said, good luck Tyler…sorry to see you go under the circumstances.

  7. montrealbbr - Jul 5, 2013 at 11:12 AM

    I bet he scores 40 goals now that he doesn’t have to worry about being a 5th defencemen in Juliens system. The Bruins had problems with him partying but that stuff never stopped Patrick Kane from being great and beating your team!

    Thank you to the Bruins because they make another move that makes it easier for the Canadiens to beat them!

    • 19to77 - Jul 5, 2013 at 11:17 AM

      Don’t worry. They still won’t.

      • greenmtnboy31 - Jul 5, 2013 at 11:32 AM

        We did again all year this year and we’ll continue again next year.

      • dboldave - Jul 5, 2013 at 11:38 AM

        Montreal was so close to winning it this year too, just 2 games away from beating the Hawks!

    • cowboyjk - Jul 5, 2013 at 11:47 AM

      Montreal wants to get bigger and goes out and signs Brierre?

  8. amityvillefun - Jul 5, 2013 at 11:20 AM

    Julien’s “system” got us a Cup in 2011 and as close as you can get in 2013….without injuries the Bruins are neck and neck with the Hawks.

    Your pathetic diving Habs can’t say that, can they?

    Thank you Habs for signing small players that disappear come playoff time when they get bumped off the puck like gnats.

    And Julien speaks French too. Jealous much?

    That toilet seat logo is sooo appropriate because every team will be dumping on you this year…especially come playoff time.

    • greenmtnboy31 - Jul 5, 2013 at 11:36 AM

      Tim Thomas playing out of his mind got the B’s the Cup in 2011, despite Julie-Ann’s “system”. Without injuries, the Bruins are still too slow to beat the Hawks. The injuries just show how soft the B’s are.

      The B’s were lucky to have such an easy road through the playoffs. They beat two sub mediocre teams in Toronto & New York and beat a decent Pittsburgh team without a goalie.

      That Canadiens team that you like to talk about so much and reference as the measuring stick, still has about 23 more Cups than your slow Bruins.

      • dboldave - Jul 5, 2013 at 11:40 AM

        And I bet you were around to see all 23 of those cup wins too!

      • cowboyjk - Jul 5, 2013 at 11:48 AM

        22 tainted cups and 1 legitimate cup.

      • mjvincent125 - Jul 5, 2013 at 12:14 PM

        I must have missed how Montreal handled their 7th seeded opponent in the playoffs this year.

      • jcmeyer10 - Jul 5, 2013 at 12:59 PM

        Haha, man, I thought you were level headed but your responses in this thread realize you’re a standard Canadians fan.

      • amityvillefun - Jul 5, 2013 at 1:39 PM

        Tim Thomas is available. Sign him up and replace Price the sieve.

  9. blackhawks2010 - Jul 5, 2013 at 11:36 AM

    Seguin has upside, not Patick Kane upside, but will be a decent player for Stars.

  10. amityvillefun - Jul 5, 2013 at 11:48 AM

    Hab fans a joke. Blah blah blah, “history,” blah blah blah, “9-1-1.”

    Your players get injured just TRYING to lay a check on Lucic… Please, go hang out with Vancouver and their ilk. Hockey is a man’s sport, save the whining and diving and police investigations and maybe the rest of the NHL won’t see your team as the JOKE it has become. Since Roy left, you haven’t even been a blip on the radar….

    Welcome to the division Detroit. Bruins and Wings can take turns smacking the silly Habs around. Boys verses men.

    Green mountain….shut up until your team does something relevant.

    • montrealbbr - Jul 5, 2013 at 11:53 AM

      You mean like winning the division last year while the terrible bruins finished in 2nd place? And how many of the games did the bruins win against us last year? Boston had a nice little run but there time is past and Montreal will take it from here!!!!!

      • dboldave - Jul 5, 2013 at 11:57 AM

        You guys sure like pointing to that first place finish like it means anything. Pittsburgh finished first overall in the East and I don’t see any of their fans pounding their chests over it.

      • 19to77 - Jul 5, 2013 at 12:03 PM

        “While the terrible Bruins finished in 2nd place.”

        montrealbbr, I want you to go back and re-read this sentence a few times, and tell me what’s wrong with it. It shouldn’t take too long to figure it out.

      • dudermcrbohan - Jul 5, 2013 at 1:03 PM

        If you want to hang your hat on being division champs, then go for it. I’ll take winning the eastern conference.

  11. amityvillefun - Jul 5, 2013 at 11:57 AM

    Umkay. Practice that diving and ref chirping and perhaps you can get enough powerplays to sneak into the playoffs.

    Boston will be more pissed off than ever this year. And guess who our new whipping boys are gonna be?

    So again, shut up until you make it past the first round of the playoffs….and then maybe we might take your team seriously. Or was Ottawa too tough for ya?

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