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Stars to talk with Seguin about social media slip-ups

Jul 7, 2013, 12:06 PM EDT

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Tyler Seguin‘s arrival in Dallas this week will also come with a sit-down with the team about his exploits on social media and otherwise. After recent Twitter “hacks” and not-so flattering appearances on video, the talk of his off-the-ice lifestyle has gotten a lot of run.

Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News spoke with Stars GM Jim Nill and finds out that they’re going to have a nice talk to get to the bottom of what’s going on with Seguin.

“My problem with social media is you just don’t know how much of it is true,” Nill said. “I think, as a society, we are trained to believe 100 percent of it is true, and that’s obviously not the case. It’s difficult to validate how things might happen, whether someone was truly hacked, or just what might have happened. I can’t go off hearsay, I need to ask questions.”

Seguin’s supposed party-boy lifestyle was already set to be a topic of discussion with the Stars but maybe the best thing he can do here is just be a bit more serious about his life on the ice.

After all, no one will ask any questions about what you’re doing away from the rink if you’re scoring in bunches on it.

Update (12:30 p.m. ET): Seguin takes a good first step and tweets that he’s shutting down his account for a while.

  1. chazxcore - Jul 7, 2013 at 12:19 PM

    How about, I don’t know, stay off of twitter?

    • vapor54 - Jul 8, 2013 at 7:02 AM

      chaz- Agreed!
      I’m sure glad there wasn’t any social media when I was young & drunk.

  2. amityvillefun - Jul 7, 2013 at 12:23 PM

    Is he going to be the next Alexandre Daigle or the next Stevie Yzerman? It’s up to Tyler himself.

    If he hits the weights and matures he will certainly be a player to be reckoned with. Peter Chiarelli probably did him a huge favor if this serves as a wake up call to get his act together and focus on hockey.

    Would have liked to see him become big in Boston. He has serious skills. What can ya do?

    • chazxcore - Jul 7, 2013 at 1:07 PM

      The next Yzerman? Steve Yzerman? It’s not that Seguin won’t even get anywhere close to 1755 points, he doesn’t possess one ounce of the leadership skills Yzerman had.

      • dentals1 - Jul 7, 2013 at 1:22 PM

        He must have meant skill wise. Yzerman was already captain by 21!

  3. killerpgh - Jul 7, 2013 at 12:33 PM

    “After all, no one will ask any questions about what you’re doing away from the rink if you’re scoring in bunches on it.” – Patrick Kane would disagree with this statement.

  4. LampyB - Jul 7, 2013 at 12:41 PM

    He’ll never be the next steve yzerman. Half as good? Maybe.

    • tdrusher225 - Jul 7, 2013 at 7:11 PM

      I hate when people say that. How do you know that? He could be better than Yzerman for all we know. You can’t predict what people are capable of achieving. I’m sure Yzerman never imagined he’d achieve what he did at the start of his career. And I’m sure Wayne Gretzky never thought he would become the next Bobby Orr (meaning greatest to ever play) when he was watching him. You don’t have a clue what these guys are capable of accomplishing.

  5. 19to77 - Jul 7, 2013 at 12:42 PM

    Ah, the old hacker excuse. Keep it up, Segs, you’re not convincing anyone.

  6. bardown66 - Jul 7, 2013 at 12:50 PM

    I feel like him and evander kane need to stay off that forever. I dont see why they need more attention than they already get. On another not, why does burkes kid always lead this? i get and understand the you can play organization, but its beginning to get like Al sharpton always putting his nose in other peoples business. Seguin should stop doing dumb stuff because its dumb….not because Brian burke’s kid calls you.

    • bardown66 - Jul 7, 2013 at 12:51 PM


  7. gallyhatch - Jul 7, 2013 at 12:53 PM

    Who needs a smear campaign against a guy when it’s his own stupid behavior that attracts the negative headlines?

  8. ryanw822 - Jul 7, 2013 at 1:09 PM


  9. girouxed - Jul 7, 2013 at 1:14 PM

    Stupid kids will be stupid. Hopefully he’ll grow up.

  10. jimw81 - Jul 7, 2013 at 1:16 PM

    i love it when celebrities and athletes say that their twitter account was hacked when they post something stupid.

  11. pastabelly - Jul 7, 2013 at 1:17 PM

    Seguin needs to spend more time in the gym and less time partying. That much talent should not get wasted.

  12. redgreentape - Jul 7, 2013 at 1:31 PM

    Im sure Mr Nill will have a talk with all team members.The Red Wings for the most part don”t put up with it.

  13. nj666 - Jul 7, 2013 at 2:06 PM

    Good thing the devils don’t allow their players to have twitter accounts. although this summers exception of Brodeur, he’s to de-activate or not use his during the season. Besides Marty has said it was his brother and son running his account just as a media outlet to promote his EA cover run.

    I mean c’mon think of all the offensive and crude tweets coming from patrik elias if the rule weren’t in place…

  14. desertfan - Jul 7, 2013 at 2:48 PM

    Looks like Burkie picking Kessel over this flake was a winner decision!!!

  15. spitfisher - Jul 7, 2013 at 3:10 PM

    At age 15-17 yeah I was goof ball never really took anything seriously, ran around, the world was my play ground, I had fun, at age 21 I was working and was far more responsible to myself and especially others around me.

    All of this happy Horse sh*t about Tyler being a kid and he’ll figure it out, the Bs didn’t allow him enough time, sorry but that to me is about as lame as him tweeting that “after numerous attempts by hackers……”
    Its always someone else or another reason, “not my fault” etc etc.

    Tyler, Its time to take ownership of your actions, Peter Chirialli just did you a great service by trading you and Dallas is going to do another one by sitting you down and hopefully begin a dialog with “this is how its going to be, This our expectations….”

    I have seen this play out before with professional athletes where they turn it around, but there are numerous times where it doesn’t quite turn around enough and it becomes Tyler Sequin 30 years old, playing on his 4 team & traded yet again.

    Its all on him now.

  16. chanceoffleury1 - Jul 7, 2013 at 3:26 PM

    Twitter *can* be a useful tool in marketing players. For guys like Seguin and E.Kane it helps them reach the younger crowd whom are also their main market when it comes to fans. But those two in no way, shape, or form use it correctly. P.Kane, Stamkos, Lundqvist, Ovi, Malkin, etc. all use it how it *should* be used. They get on every once in a while, but for the most part it’s just their media and marketing teams tweeting promotional stuff like where they’ll be for autograph signings, or posting pictures of the players everyday life, thanking fans for being fans, etc.

    For example, as a Pens fan I love Malkin posting pictures of stuff he does in the off season. I think it helps you better connect with players as real people when you see them in hobbies that aren’t hockey. Quick and Lundqvist will post pictures of their kids. Ovi posts pictures of him following around his girlfriend in her tennis adventures, etc. Maybe it’s just because I’m younger (22) and rooted within the media age, but I just think it’s fun to see the players outside the rink. But I think that most high profile players do it right in that just about every single thing they post probably goes through a media team that approves it first. Twitter is a bit of double edged sword. It’s easy to say that they just shouldn’t be allowed on it, but most players actually do use it correctly and to grow the league they have to stay up to date on technology. Young people spend more time on computers nowadays then they do watching television. Twitter is one of the easiest direct access points to millions of young fans within the league.

  17. takingbovadasmoney - Jul 7, 2013 at 3:58 PM

    Sure that Seguin wasn’t hacked when said he was shutting down his twitter account. Agree with @chance…1. Follow @strombone1….awesome stuff.

  18. hockeyflow33 - Jul 7, 2013 at 5:21 PM

    If your life is affected by a kid’s twitter account, you need a lot of help.

  19. insider7 - Jul 7, 2013 at 5:50 PM

    Little Tyler is concerned about damage to his reputation? Really? Since when?

    Don’t worry, Little Tyler, when it comes to damage to your reputation, you can take comfort in knowing that you can’t fall out of bed if you’re already lying on the floor!

    • jimeejohnson - Jul 7, 2013 at 9:49 PM

      You can’t close the door when the walls caved in, either.

  20. bosoxfanpeds - Jul 10, 2013 at 10:46 PM

    Tyler this is just the beginning…..Seriously, these media types that just want to take that picture of you dancing in your underwear are going to follow you, making everything you do news….Good Luck….The Stars are going to have your salary as expenses trying to keep you in the lineup and at practice everyday…..Think about the kids coming forward in a couple of years looking for child support….Drinking booze will end your career…..before it can get any momentum….

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