As the 2013 NHL draft concluded last night, the rumor that Peter Chiarelli was shopping 21-year-old forward Tyler Seguin to the Calgary Flames for their 6th overall pick and a few prospects turned out to be just that, a rumor.
Was Chiarelli seriously considering trading away Tyler Seguin to a team that already hosed him once this year (see: Jarome Iginla) or was he just trying to light a fire under #19's ass? Nevertheless, Seguin, who had 16 goals during the regular season and only 1 during the Stanley Cup run, seems to have drawn the ire of the Boston Bruins General Manager, who had this to say:
“He’s got to commit his mind and focus on the one task at hand. He’s got to become more of a professional. And you know what? I can say that about a lot of 21-year-olds. I know he got criticized for playing on the periphery and all that stuff. He did. He’s got to commit to being a professional and focusing on the game. He does that, we don’t expect him to be crashing and banging. Just play your game.”
And when asked if he thought the trade rumors would get Seguin's attention, Chiarelli replied:
“I hope it does, if it doesn’t, I’d be more concerned. We gave Tyler a big contract because he projects and he had good performance. I would expect that going forward.”
Nathan Horton has left for greener pastures. It's time for Tyler Seguin to hop off the pussy n' booze freight train he's been riding since he got his contract extended and start focusing on becoming the super-star forward this city deserves. Don't get me wrong here, if I, or any one of you reading this, were in Tyler's position we would be knocking it down right there with him. But I digress.
I can only imagine Tyler Seguin hearing the phrase "Calgary Flames" and lacing up the skates immediately to do shooting drills.
Like life though, the success will sometimes rest on the powers-that-be; the tide that, no matter how much you fight, will pull you out into the open ocean. In Tyler's case, Claude Julien is the moon. The Bruins coaching staff can't dick Seguin around with his position like this year. If they see him as a playmaker and want him to center a line, let him a center a line. Mistakes will be made. Buy the ticket. Take the ride. There will be a game next season where #19 loses his head and doesn't get back to the defensive zone with quite the quickness Claude demands of his forwards. What I don't want to see is Tyler benched for a game when that happens.
It will take discipline from both parties to make this partnership work. The benefits could be invaluable: A superstar franchise forward for the Boston Bruins and another massive payday for #19.
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