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Don Cherry on D&C: Tyler Seguin ‘one step away from being a superstar’

07.08.13 at 10:55 am ET
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Don Cherry

Hockey Night in Canada legend Don Cherry joined Dennis & Callahan on Monday morning to talk about the Bruins’ trade of Tyler Seguin to the Stars.

Cherry remains high on Seguin, despite the Bruins losing patience with him.

“Something must have happened there to get rid of a kid like that,” Cherry said after reviewing Seguin’s statistics. “I’m sure he’s going to go to Dallas, he’s going to play center, and look out — I’m telling you, this kid is one step away from being a superstar. You’ll see next year. But hey, he got in the bad book somehow.

“You have to watch. The Bruins have a real image of being tough — tough to play against. Nineteen Canadians on the club, and every one of them are rough guys. … So, they have to watch that they don’t lose that little grit. Because most teams are afraid to go in and play Boston.”

As for reports that Seguin was too immature off the ice, Cherry said he can understand how a 21-year-old would want to spend some time out on the town.

“Look, I don’t know what happened. But I’m just saying I know I’d go out, if I was 21 years old after a game I would go to a bar, too,” Cherry said, questioning why the off-ice issues became public.

Added Cherry: “If a guy can get me 30 goals on right wing, and he’s a natural center, and he’s a little problem off the ice, I wouldn’t mind that. I’d try to settle that out a little. … Listen, the Bruins were in the finals. They did pretty good, so [Peter] Chiarelli must be doing something right. But you’re asking me my opinion, I would have never given up on a [21]-year-old kid that got 30 goals the year before playing in his wrong position.”

The key player the Bruins received in the trade with Dallas is winger Loui Eriksson. One veteran hockey writer compared Eriksson to Patrice Bergeron, but Cherry isn’t buying it.

“Oh, come on. He couldn’t touch Bergeron,” Cherry said. “Bergeron, to me, is the ultimate hockey player. If you want a hockey player, I can’t say enough about that guy. He’s got guts and power. I don’t think Eriksson would play with a broken rib, a punctured lung and a separated shoulder.

“He’s got a pretty good touch. I have to admit, they got a good guy back, I’m not knocking him. But please, Bergeron? This guy is the heart and soul. He’s their leader. He is the guy. I can’t say enough about him.”

Touching on Tuukka Rask and his impressive postseason performance, Cherry said the Finnish goalie has earned the huge contract he’s about to get from the Bruins

“If the Bruins had won, he’d have been the MVP for sure,” Cherry said. “He kept them in there a lot of games. … This guy’s world-class. I would say the best goaltender in hockey.”

To hear the interview, go to the Dennis & Callahan audio on demand page. For more Bruins news, visit the team page at weei.com/bruins.

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