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Ruff asked Julien ‘how he handled’ Seguin in Boston

Aug 28, 2013, 7:30 PM EDT

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Dallas Stars head coach Lindy Ruff used Team Canada’s Olympic orientation camp to brush up on one of his new players.

Ruff, one of Mike Babcock’s assistant coaches for the Canadian squad, picked the brain of fellow assistant and Boston head coach Claude Julien about Dallas’ big offseason acquisition — Tyler Seguin.

“It was about his move back to the middle of the ice, why he went to right wing,” Ruff told NHL.com. “How he handled him. Where does he think he can be best utilized? They’re all questions a coach would ask another coach.”

Despite the “how he handled him” line, Ruff didn’t divulge if the conversation steered towards Seguin’s off-ice reputation. The former Boston forward — acquired by Dallas in a seven-player blockbuster — had his B’s exit marred by allegations of immaturity and a party lifestyle.

There was also a minor controversy following his arrival in Dallas, when he alleged someone “hacked” his Twitter account.

Julien said “there was no issue between Tyler and I” during their three seasons together in Boston, and Ruff said any alleged issues won’t be a problem now, because he’s offering the 21-year-old a clean slate.

“I have had players that had situations that any normal young guy would go through. They make bad decisions sometimes,” Ruff explained. “Some of those bad decisions get out in the public and some of them don’t.

“Some of [Seguin's] have, but I look at it as we’re going to start clean, move forward, and he’s excited about getting a fresh start.”

  1. warchief65 - Aug 28, 2013 at 9:06 PM

    HAH ! Ruff ! Do you think that Dallas will be the better team because they hired Ruff ? And , he’ll probably put Seguin on the PK line and at left wing , as that’s what he did in Buffalo . He put centers at wing , and wing’s on center , and then wonders why that player wasn’t doing that good . Oh well . The Stars fans will find out how bad Ruff is as a coach .

    • sabatimus - Aug 28, 2013 at 10:18 PM

      Yep, Ruff was so bad he was the longest tenured coach in the league before he was fired.

  2. hockeyflow33 - Aug 28, 2013 at 9:10 PM

    The answer is; poorly

  3. kgun80 - Aug 29, 2013 at 1:34 PM

    Yeah moving players around… Like Daniel Briere? He revitalized Briere and made him one of the most clutch players in the league for a couple years. Lindy is a good coach he made competitive teams out of spare parts. The only reason he isn’t coaching in Buffalo is it was time for a change. Dallas fans don’t be fooled by trolls. Lindy is tough on his star players but he is a good coach. The only knock I would have against him is he doesn’t trust young players and has been known to hold them back.

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