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Motivated Seguin returns to Boston Tuesday

Nov 4, 2013, 1:07 PM EDT

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They questioned his professionalism. They didn’t think he could play their tough brand of hockey. And so the Bruins traded Tyler Seguin, the second overall pick in the 2010 draft, to Dallas.

Will they regret it? Far too soon to tell. But there’s no question it left Seguin motivated to prove them wrong.

“One hundred percent,” said Seguin, per Sportsnet.ca.

Tomorrow, Seguin returns to Boston, his first NHL home where he won a Stanley Cup in 2011, and he returns as the Stars’ leading scorer, with 15 points in 14 games.

Again, it’s too soon to tell who won the Seguin trade. Heck, they’re still debating who won the Phil Kessel trade with Toronto, the one that allowed the Bruins to draft Seguin in the first place.

But when asked how he’d like to be seen in five years, Seguin’s answer was telling.

“Hopefully a player that grew up, learned from his mistakes and became a heck of a hockey player,” he said.

  1. amityvillefun - Nov 4, 2013 at 1:31 PM

    “Hopefully a player that grew up, learned from his mistakes and became a heck of a hockey player,” he said.

    It’s a bummer he couldn’t “grow up” while he was still in Boston! Perhaps if he had, we’d be enjoying another Stanley Cup.

    I wish Seguin the best actually. He’s obviously very talented. It’s a pity he couldn’t contribute in the playoffs much. Maybe he can give Brad Marchand a hug to get him out of the funk he has been in.

    • hockey412 - Nov 4, 2013 at 1:50 PM

      The kid is only now 21 and had 121 points in 203 regular season games with Boston. No doubt he could have grown up while he was still in Boston, he really wasn’t given the chance to. I certainly don’t think Seguin was the sole reason Boston isn’t enjoying another Stanley Cup.

      • amityvillefun - Nov 4, 2013 at 2:00 PM

        I didn’t say he was the sole reason. However, it would have been nice for him to step up a little when so many guys were obviously quite banged up.

        He claimed that he was modeling his game after Bergeron, who played with plenty of injuries in the finals…but Seguin couldn’t be counted on to even fight a puck out of the corner.

        When your team is in the finals, you need to give your all. Seguin clearly did not. He has a long way to go before he finds Bergeron’s compete level.

        All Seguin’s fault? Nope. But he didn’t help when it really counted either.

      • hockey412 - Nov 4, 2013 at 3:23 PM

        I guess I get that…but that kind of snarl/effort does come with age/maturity/size, etc. I actually think Boston WOULD have kept him, but needed to win NOW, while Chara’s there, etc…time’s ticking away at the best window they’ll have for a bit. That is why he wasn’t given a chance to mature there…they need to be all in NOW. Same as every team.

      • nhloon - Nov 5, 2013 at 10:02 AM

        One of the directors of player development said it best, “he gives us half of Kane, we got a cup.”

      • hockey412 - Nov 5, 2013 at 10:34 AM

        Interesting that it came from a guy who’s job it was to develop him into half of Kane.

  2. hockeyflow33 - Nov 4, 2013 at 1:31 PM

    Isn’t this the same player whom you wrote a piece about yesterday where his coach was questioning his compete level?

  3. stcrowe - Nov 4, 2013 at 2:15 PM

    Is there a party after the game?

  4. stonebullet - Nov 4, 2013 at 3:17 PM

    Having been a lifelong Bruins fan, Seguins talents were welcomed and he really showed promise. I still think he can hit his potential but I was never certain he would reach it in Boston. His skill set never matched his grit, tenacity, or compete level. He was always outplayed in the tough areas.

    I wish him well, but he also gives the vibe of an Adrian Gonzalez type the Sox used to grab. The ability to put up numbers if the conditions were ideal for the player. Not necessarily able to battle through and get points regardless when they mattered (Bergeron, or Pedroia for the baseball analogy).

  5. thesportsjudge - Nov 4, 2013 at 3:53 PM

    Can you imagine if Seguin was still a Bruin when Napoli just went stumbling around Boston half nekkid the other night? Somehow, I think Tyler would have been right there with him.

  6. dropthepuckeh - Nov 4, 2013 at 5:02 PM

    You’d think $5+ million would have been motivation enough to try a little harder and get dirty. He may prove to be an elite player but obviously the Bruins didn’t think he was going to change if he stayed in Boston. Will be interesting to hear the reception tomorrow night.

  7. terrier92 - Nov 4, 2013 at 6:51 PM

    Note to Boston Dad’s

    Fathers locked up your daughters

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