Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli didn’t trade Tyler Seguin during draft weekend, but it seems his patience is wearing thin with the young winger.
Chiarelli told reporters at the draft that Seguin’s commitment is an issue that needs fixing as he enters the first year of a six-year deal that will carry an annual cap hit of $5.75 million.
“He’s got to commit his mind and focus to the one task at hand,” Chiarelli told reporters. “He’s got to become more of a professional. 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. Simple as that. He does that, we don’t expect him to be crashing and banging. Just play your game.”
According to Fluto Shinzawa of The Boston Globe, Chiarelli is seeking “an elite young player or prospect” if he is to move Seguin. Chiarelli said that he hopes the public knowledge of the B’s discussing him in trade talk will motive Seguin to improve.
“I hope it does,” Chiarelli told reporters. “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.”
Seguin led the Bruins with 29 goals two seasons ago and was second on the team with 16 goals this past season. His regression from his second season to his third season was capped with a rather quiet postseason in which he totaled just one goal in 22 games and was demoted from the second line to the third line.