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Seguin wants ‘leadership role’ in Dallas

Aug 23, 2013, 11:18 AM EDT

Tyler Seguin AP

Though he’s only 21, Tyler Seguin is ready to step up and take charge of the Stars.

“I want to earn my way around Dallas, (taking a) young leadership role,” the former Bruin told the Toronto Star. “If you look at my resume, it has those things required to make me a leader with what I’ve been through already.”

Seguin’s line of thinking is this:

In three seasons, he’s already been to two Stanley Cup finals (winning once), made the playoffs every year and, subsequently, has accumulated more postseason experience than some guys get over a lifetime.

That experience, he says, should put him in a position to lead a Dallas club that hasn’t been to the playoffs in five years.

“I’m still pretty young in this league,” he acknowledged, “but going to the Cup finals and winning it in my first year, then losing this year, I feel like I know a lot, what it takes, what it tastes like, how the team has to be to get to certain areas.”

To some, Seguin’s talk of taking a leadership role might induce eye-rolls. His Bruins exit was marred by allegations of immaturity and a party lifestyle, and there was a minor controversy following his arrival in Dallas when he alleged someone “hacked” his Twitter account.

That said, there is an opportunity for him to forge a prominent role on the Stars.

On the current roster, none of Dallas’ young core guys — Jamie Benn, Cody Eakin, Valeri Nichushkin, Brenden Dillon, Jamie Oleksiak — have tasted postseason hockey. Seguin could emerge as the voice of experience for that group.

  1. jpelle82 - Aug 23, 2013 at 11:48 AM

    “hey guys i know i’m new here but i know a lot of stuff, i mean i’m 21 years old and i already know everything so….what do you say, can i lead you?”

    • jcmeyer10 - Aug 23, 2013 at 12:46 PM

      *Seguin looks around*

      Seguin: I say the leaders are the ones with the most Stanley Cups.

    • sjsblitz - Aug 23, 2013 at 12:55 PM

      Worked well for the Wild last off season. Suter and Parise came in and were made Alternate captains, stripping it away from Heatley.

      • phillyphanatic77 - Aug 23, 2013 at 2:19 PM

        Suter and Parise were also both consistent All-star performers in their prime. This is a kid who’s been marred with controversy and contributed almost nothing (although he BARELY missed some goals) to his team’s most recent Cup run. It’s apples to oranges.

      • lordfletcher - Aug 23, 2013 at 7:38 PM

        Stripping it away…

        dur. I don’t think so.

      • pfhockey - Aug 26, 2013 at 9:21 PM

        well let’s see who they replace, oh yeah, Cullen and Heatley. who considers a wash-up(heatley) a leader? Don’t mind Cullen though, but Suter and Parise have a really high work ethic.

    • ethanmacleod1685 - Aug 23, 2013 at 2:05 PM

      Haaaaa that made me laugh

  2. lilleo1823 - Aug 23, 2013 at 12:15 PM

    You don’t have to have a “C” or an “A’ on your jersey to be a leader. Anyone can have a voice by giving insight and advice. He will have a big part in the growth of the team.

  3. bosoxfan15 - Aug 23, 2013 at 12:17 PM

    He’ll lead all the players to the best bars on the road the night before important games.

    • Lupy Nazty Philthy - Aug 23, 2013 at 10:42 PM

      He’ll also teach them that after a night of drinking… err… I mean when you’re too busy to get back to the hotel to change, you can flip your shirt inside-out! It’s like TWO shirts in one!

  4. freneticgarfieldfan - Aug 23, 2013 at 12:17 PM

    First perform and mature, then think about what a leader is/how he behaves. Then speak in public about growing into a leader.

    • 19inarow - Aug 23, 2013 at 3:30 PM

      Exactly. Another example of Tyler’s entitlement issue. When he actually gets that, then maybe he’ll be on the leadership path, but not before.

  5. jcmeyer10 - Aug 23, 2013 at 12:45 PM

    Right after he said it, he looked for confirmation he said the right thing from his PR guy and then gave his mom the thumbs up when he got the answer right!

  6. pirovash88 - Aug 23, 2013 at 12:47 PM

    Seguin doesn’t truly know what it feels like to win a Stanley Cup. Guy needs to struggle a few years to truly know what it feels like to accomplish something and win something as great as The Cup. It means more to the people who’ve worked their butts off for it for years, rather than one post season.

  7. endusersolutions2013 - Aug 23, 2013 at 1:28 PM

    The biggest thing he could do is lead by example. He’s going to have to show committment to self discipline, doing the little things that ultimately make a big difference on the ice.

  8. drewsylvania - Aug 23, 2013 at 2:31 PM

    Ever heard of leading by example?

  9. bostonstandup - Aug 23, 2013 at 3:06 PM

    How about leading himself into the corners and throwing his body around a little bit instead of being a little puss. Guy was almost non existent in the playoffs last year and his lack of performance could be looked at as a reason the Bruins didn’t win the cup. That being said, he couldn’t really thrive in Julien’s system so I wouldn’t be surprised to see him do well in Dallas.

  10. spitfisher - Aug 23, 2013 at 3:35 PM

    Tyler Sequin has been spoon fed all his life, now he thinks they hand out C’s and As.

    These are earned not issued

    I don’t know about him but a healthy scratch for a couple games in the first series, eventually put in for a few shifts due to other players injuries, and a pathetic amount of ice time and equally pathetic amount shots on goal in the second cup run for one measly goal….is hardly something to brag about- except to your mother Tyler.

  11. 19to77 - Aug 23, 2013 at 3:41 PM

    “I feel like being carried along for the ride in 2011 by hard-working, dedicated, responsible veterans makes me a capable leader.”

    Does this kid even hear himself talk?

  12. stinkpretty1 - Aug 23, 2013 at 9:08 PM

    New guy on the block should always have to climb the ladder. Seguin, its hard at your age to come across with a leadership role. Respect levels need to be there, and u need to earn them before you can assume to be recognized as this.

    You do not create your own nickname, its given to you

  13. Lupy Nazty Philthy - Aug 23, 2013 at 10:52 PM

    I think he’ll do good in Dallas. Boston gave up on him way too soon… Teams needs to cut young players a bit of slack. You can’t give someone in the early 20’s Millions of dollars and expect all of them to handle it with perfect ease. Let them get it out of their system.

    I’d take all the NHL’s so called “party animals” on my team any day. Give me Tyler Seguin, Mike Richards, Jeff Carter and Patrick Kane.

    • spitfisher - Aug 23, 2013 at 11:32 PM

      you think his agreement for 35 million with the Bruins was giving up on too soon? You think he was too young to sign that contract, you think you can’t GIVE ( your words not mine) a young man millions of dollars and expect him to honor his side of the bargain—-sheesh you sound like his mother.

      • Lupy Nazty Philthy - Aug 24, 2013 at 1:56 AM

        “you think his agreement for 35 million with the Bruins was giving up on too soon?”


        We’re talking about the trade to Dallas. When Boston traded away their future star center for middle aged winger who isn’t getting any better, that is called giving up too soon.

        Seguin has a 67 pt season under his belt when he was 19. Eriksson wasn’t even in the NHL until he was 21. Boston will regret the trade.

  14. spitfisher - Aug 24, 2013 at 8:51 AM

    I was right, you sound like his mother and but by the way the subject is not the trade or who got what. Its about leadership, maturity and earning the A or the C. Time will tell if trade turns into a laugher for the bruins. The same was said about the J.Thorton trade on paper it looked awful, but inside the trade it was a necessary proposition. The goal was and is with the cup for the bruins, and the bruins right now they have the personnel to win it again in the next 2-3 years- then the window is shut and unlikely to go deep and rebuild occurs again. Tyler with his problems, the like of which we have only heard bits and pieces, rumors about of insubordination and recklessness non of it flattering for little Tyler and his big contract.

    I don’t believe for a second that they intended to trade him, but when Dallas came forward with pieces of the puzzle with a mature goal scorer and a very good prospect that will put the team in a strong position to win in the next 2-3 years ( the goal) that and his lack luster poor 2013 playoff performance, his lack of judgment & leadership they decided to pull the trigger- which I am fine with. I want a cup not Tyler Sequin coasting chasing the next skirt and happy hour.

  15. spitfisher - Aug 24, 2013 at 8:54 AM

    I’d take all the NHL’s so called “party animals” on my team any day. Give me Tyler Seguin, Mike Richards, Jeff Carter and Patrick Kane.

    You wouldn’t be able to afford a 3rd or 4th line or goaltender, you would be over the cap

    • physicsgirl87 - Aug 25, 2013 at 6:20 PM

      Not necessarily. Take the Kings’ current roster. LTIR Mitchell again. Trade Kopitar for Seguin. Feed hallucinogenic drugs to Stan Bowman until he agrees to trade Kane for Regehr. You’re under the cap, the D hasn’t lost all that much because Regehr’s not that good and Kane adds a ton of creatively that your offense lacked. Kopitar’s a better 2-way forward than Seguin but that roster’s still likely a contender if Quick stays healthy and the Chicago fans don’t murder you.

  16. pfhockey - Aug 26, 2013 at 9:31 PM

    Wow, he acts like the cup was like a individual achievement when the depth and defense basically carried them to the cup. Does he not understand how easy it is to matchup when the other teams don’t have as much depth? That’s what the Bruins were known for since the cup in ’11. He can’t even managed himself properly, I don’t suspect him being what he says until he sows up in big games and carries the team out of slumps. Does anyone even remember Jason Smith? he captained the oilers and flyers, he was almost a nobody when it came to his resume but apparently the guy is an avid leader. Three years and a cup, two appearances, yeah the one last season where you played like radulov with sore wrists, not to mention his shot selection was terrible, most shots and one goal to show for it. basically a liability.

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