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Julien had ‘no issues’ with Seguin

Jul 11, 2013, 3:35 PM EDT

Tyler Seguin #19 of the Boston Bruins bounces a puck on his stick during warm ups against the Chicago Blackhawks in Game one of the 2013 Stanley Cup Final at United Center on June 12, 2013 in Chicago, Illinois.
(June 11, 2013 - Source: Bruce Bennett/Getty Images North America) Getty Images

From reports of excessive partying during the playoffs to “unfortunate” Twitter incidents, Tyler Seguin‘s departure out of Boston has not been a pretty one.

At one point, even Seguin’s mom felt the need to stick up for her 21-year-old son after he was traded to the Dallas Stars.

All of which combine to make Bruins coach Claude Julien’s comments about his former player seem kind of, well, boring.

“There were no issues between Tyler and I, and I’m not afraid to say it. I worked with him as a hockey player, and I dealt with him as a person,” said Julien, per CSN New England. “There were no issues that I know about. I thought we had a good relationship. I told him that I thought he really worked hard during the Finals.”

“Right now his job is about working harder and getting stronger in the gym, but everybody as a 21-year-old doesn’t have the maturity to be a professional whether it’s in the gym, or here or there. So you work with all of those young guys in different ways. Do different players have difference challenges? Absolutely.”

Seguin’s need to hit the gym may be the most interesting part of Julien’s remarks. Protecting the puck, winning battles, being effective in the tough areas of the ice — getting stronger will help in all those areas.

Whether Seguin is committed to doing the hard work remains to be seen.

  1. Stiller43 - Jul 11, 2013 at 3:39 PM

    Kovalchuk retired?!!!

  2. robertsds - Jul 11, 2013 at 3:44 PM

    Saw that too , cant find details,

  3. montrealbbr - Jul 11, 2013 at 3:46 PM

    He clearly did or else he wouldnt have been traded! I think Julian just hates forwards who cant play defence even if they are skilled players.

    • ray2013 - Jul 11, 2013 at 4:00 PM

      That’s my thinking too. Someone else does a hatchet job on Seguin and his partying.and then Julien gets to come in and say he got along great with Seguin.

  4. thesportsjudge - Jul 11, 2013 at 4:10 PM

    Seguin won’t have to work on anything now. He wasn’t suited for a defensive minded team.

  5. pastabelly - Jul 11, 2013 at 4:23 PM

    The only issues were with Seguin’s compete level. He needs to bulk up and get tougher. Well, at least he needed to, to play on one of the top two lines in Boston. Seguin will eventually do that, just like Thornton did.

    • hockeyflow33 - Jul 11, 2013 at 8:23 PM

      You do know he’s 21 right?

      • mustangmach - Jul 11, 2013 at 11:17 PM

        Compete level? He completely blew away Kessel in terms of compete level. So glad they got rid of Mr. Softee. So sad that they threw Seguin to the wolves.

      • hockeyflow33 - Jul 12, 2013 at 1:29 AM

        Kessel isn’t soft, he just doesn’t play a physical game, not everyone does.

  6. dboldave - Jul 11, 2013 at 5:08 PM

    I think he needs to learn to not be afraid of taking a hit. I don’t know that adding size would help his game any but who knows. Krejci is small too but doesn’t shy away from getting hit like Seguin often does.

    • spitfisher - Jul 11, 2013 at 5:49 PM

      You could say that about the entire team they all took hits and gave them ( possible exception was Jagr) Tyler didn’t have so much as a scratch at the conclusion of the playoffs, spent most of the time avoiding contact and avoiding the high contact scrums in front of the net. reminded me of Craig Jannys final years, he too spent a lot of time on the ice getting up.

  7. borgsng - Jul 11, 2013 at 5:58 PM

    I am so sick about the ongoing Boston Bruins saga how about you?

    • spitfisher - Jul 11, 2013 at 10:15 PM

      I’m getting sick of the “he’s only 21″ & “his potential” or “he needs to develop” banter, Sequin had no problem signing a big name contract now did he?

  8. nhstateline - Jul 11, 2013 at 6:18 PM

    Jermaine Wiggins is now driving the news…that’s awesome.

  9. renaldorae - Jul 11, 2013 at 8:45 PM

    Erickson is more of a grider and a goal scorer so im happy about the trade. Seguin didnt do much in the finals. but if julien liked him that much he would have made a case for keeping him. We all know julians famous for double talk. But i still love my bruins. moreover chara dissapeared in the finals also gave up way to many pucks in front of the net. in chara defense, julian had him out there too much. I wonder how much Thomas thinks his name could be on the cup if he played this year Rask fell apart against the Chicago how much you want to bet after 4 yrs they will be buying rasks contract. .

  10. mpops86 - Jul 11, 2013 at 8:59 PM

    I always see these comments about Seguin needing to bulk up, get stronger on the puck, etc. but two things:

    1. He’ll bulk up just as a function of aging and developing. Look at Seguin, there’s no way he’s not working hard in the gym.

    2. His style of play just doesn’t emphasize possession or puck support. I’m not sure he gets the value of it and after watching Jagr’s 0 playoff goals I’m not sure he had the best examples. Bergeron is a role model but he’s a wizard and Seguin is a pup.

    I think Seguin’s shortcomings are as a student of the game more than anything.

  11. mustangmach - Jul 11, 2013 at 11:13 PM

    Julien’s the only honest one in the bunch. They trumped up non existant issues to hide the fact that they pizzzed off Seguin for burying him in favor of a 41 year old Cement Filled Traffic Pylon.

    Just like management mishandled Tim Thomas.

    This front office has a lot of hockey talent evaluation skills, but not so much in people skills.

    • spitfisher - Jul 12, 2013 at 7:31 AM

      Julien’s the only honest one in the bunch. They trumped up non existant issues to hide the fact that they pizzzed off Seguin for burying him in favor of a 41 year old Cement Filled Traffic Pylon.

      Just like management mishandled Tim Thomas.

      This front office has a lot of hockey talent evaluation skills, but not so much in people skills.

      I’m a dreamin man!

  12. theskinsman - Jul 12, 2013 at 4:21 AM

    mustang,shhhh! Jagr put the Bruins on his shoulders,skated like the wind,shredded nets and won the Stanley Cup.

    Oh, wait, that’s the fantasy most posters on here like to think happened. What no one will come out and admit is the bruins played the entire playoffs a man down every time Jagr was on the ice. Seguin may or may not develop into a star,time will tell.
    Can’t wait to see which completely over the hill name from the past they sign next season.

    • mustangmach - Jul 12, 2013 at 8:32 AM

      Recchi worked out, but he really WAS a special player. Kaberle and Jagr, not so much. Teams get caught up in that trade deadline ‘we’ve gotta do something! Pittsburgh did!” at the risk of making things worse, not better. Not all trade deadline moves are equal……

  13. bigdaddy44 - Jul 12, 2013 at 10:29 AM

    Julien’s comments about having no issues with Seguin fall under the category of total B.S. Anyone following this team knows that there were on ice issues between these two right from the beginning. As the off ice issues with Seguin grew, the Bruins management failed miserably in their inability to handle it. Also, as written in a previous post, they failed in handling the Tim Thomas situation, throwing gas on the fire, instead of trying to douse the flames. Whatever hockey knowledge Chiarelli, Neely and Julien bring to the table, it is sometimes muted by their immaturity when facing off ice personal issues. They need to learn how to quell these issues, rather than making them worse, which in these two cases got them to the point of no return.

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