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Bruins trade Tyler Seguin, Rich Peverley to Stars 07.04.13 at 3:02 pm ET
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The Bruins made a huge move Thursday, trading Tyler Seguin, Rich Peverley and Ryan Button to the Stars in exchange for forwards Loui Eriksson, Reilly Smith and Matt Fraser as well as defense prospect Joe Morrow.

The 27-year-old Eriksson has played the last seven seasons with the Stars, finishing with 12 goals and 17 assists in 48 games with Dallas last season. He has three years remaining on a six-year, $25.5 million contract.

Seguin will be entering the first season of a six-year deal that averages $5.75 million per year. The 21-year-old had 16 goals and 16 assists for the Bruins last season, notching just one goal and seven assists in the playoffs.

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Patrice Bergeron says Tyler Seguin ‘is going to learn’ 07.02.13 at 12:30 pm ET
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Bruins forward Tyler Seguin was the target of some tough love from management over the weekend when Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli shopped him and then called him out for not being professional enough. Patrice Bergeron weighed in Tuesday and seemed to acknowledge that there’s room for improvement from the 21-year-old, but Bergeron had his teammate’s back more than anything.

“I didn’t read or see his comments, but I think Tyler is a young guy still,” Bergeron said. “He’s got a lot to learn, but at the same time, he’s improved a lot. At that stage, when you’re learning like that it’s going to happen. You need to make sure you learn from it though and find a way to get better. That’s the main thing with him. It’s just about him finding ways to battle through it and find ways and build some character out of it. He’s a terrific player, a terrific person and sometimes you need to have some lows to get back up and feel better and play better.”

That’s a lot nicer than what Chiarelli said Sunday at the draft.

“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.”

Seguin had just one goal in the playoffs and was demoted to the third line, but Bergeron went out of his way to compliment his linemate of the last two seasons.

“I thought he was really good, the way that he helped us,” Bergeron said of Seguin. “He found a way, even though he wasn’t scoring as much as he would have liked to, he was still battling hard and doing little details that you don’t always see on the scoresheet that goes a long way. That wasn’t gong unnoticed from us as players and as teammates. Like I said, he’s a terrific young player, so he’s going to learn.”

The interesting difference between the two isn’t the tone, but the content of the quotes. Bergeron says that Seguin was playing better than he looked, while the GM said that the criticisms that Seguin was being timid was warranted.

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Peter Chiarelli says Tyler Seguin needs to be ‘more of a professional’ 06.30.13 at 8:54 pm ET
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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.

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Reports: Bruins shopping Tyler Seguin 06.29.13 at 2:54 pm ET
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According to multiple reports (first reported by TSN), the Bruins are shopping right wing Tyler Seguin.

While the idea of trading a player as young as Seguin (he is 21) might raise eyebrows, the B’s could get themselves off the hook for paying him too early, which they did when they gave him a six-year deal with an annual $5.75 million cap a year before his entry-level deal expired. In addition to shedding his contract and creating future cap space, the return on Seguin would likely be big, with reports stating the B’s could get a top 10 draft pick and an impact player in exchange for Seguin.

Seguin was the first selection made of the three that the B’s got in exchange for Phil Kessel. The Bruins chose Seguin second overall in the 2010 draft, and after a relatively quiet rookie year (11 goals, 11 assists), he blossomed in his second season and led the Bruins with 29 goals. Still, he has struggled mightily with consistency and scored just one goal this past postseason. Moving Seguin means its likely they’ll see him become a star with his next club, but the B’s might not be able to afford paying him what he’s due if he isn’t going to be one of their top players.

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Barry Pederson on D&C: Bruins ‘are going to be a good team for a long time’ 06.25.13 at 10:05 am ET
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NESN analyst Barry Pederson, in an interview on the Dennis & Callahan show, identified a number of roster decisions that now face the Bruins following their elimination in a Game 6 loss to the Blackhawks. Still, Pederson suggested that the team’s long-term outlook remains excellent.

With a number of young, still-improving talents like Tyler Seguin, Matt Bartkowski and Dougie Hamilton, Pederson suggested that if Boston can re-sign restricted free agent Tuukka Rask and lock up Patrice Bergeron — who now has one year left in his contract — to an extension, the team has the core to continue to build upon its run of two Stanley Cup Finals and one championship in the last three years.

He emphasized the need for players like Tyler Seguin, Carl Soderberg and Jordan Caron to get stronger to help carry the Bruins through a 2013-14 season that starts in 13 weeks, but overall, Pederson pointed to a sunny outlook for a team that just endured a devastating defeat. Read the rest of this entry »

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Claude Julien on injuries: ‘This is not a time to make excuses’ at 12:53 am ET
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Tyler Seguin was also dealing with an injury during Stanley Cup final. (Mike Petraglia/WEEI.com)

After Monday’s game, Claude Julien made it a point not to address injuries specifically because he thought that would come across as making excuses in the wake of a crushing Game 6 loss that handed the 2013 Stanley Cup to the Chicago Blackhawks.

“The reason I’m saying that is because this is not a time to make excuses,” Julien said of not addressing specific injuries. “They’ve got injuries, too. As the series went on, talking about since the start of the Stanley Cup, we had some injuries. And again, it’s hard to keep guys out. They want to play through it, and some guys were able to do that. I think the biggest challenge for me was probably these last few
games starting with a full roster but not being able to end with it.

“Somewhere along the way you have to shorten your bench because you don’t have four lines and players were getting hurt either at the beginning or middle of the game, so that was probably the biggest challenge. But playing hurt is part of it, and our guys did that, and that’s why I said earlier you’ve got to be extremely proud of those guys. It’s going to take a little while before we can realize the accomplishment that we had in making it to the final again, but right now it doesn’t feel good.”

In addition to Patrice Bergeron playing with a broken rib, torn cartilage and a separated shoulder, suffered in Monday’s loss, there were other Bruins playing through significant injuries.

As first reported by WEEI.com, Nathan Horton confirmed that he was playing with a separated left shoulder, which forced him out of the first overtime in the Game 1 loss in Chicago.

Tyler Seguin said he was playing through an injury that he is going to see a medical specialist about.

“I’ve got to see the docs [this week] and see what they say,” Seguin said. “I don’t know. I don’t want to say. I’ll talk to you guys. I’ve had the same problems my whole life.”

Then Seguin acknowledged the fact that – while he had a shortened NHL season – playing in Switzerland made for a long season.

“I played I don’t know many games — even though I don’t regret going to Europe, I definitely felt zeros pouring on in the end in the playoffs,” Seguin said. “I gave it everything I had in the tank tonight. I have no regrets looking back. Obviously I would have liked to pop a few goals for my teammates, but I’ve just got to move on and learn from it, and realize I’m still young, and have a great offseason to get ready for next year.”
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Tyler Seguin: Bruins ‘excited’ to ‘make sure the Cup isn’t seen’ 06.24.13 at 2:05 pm ET
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Tyler Seguin is searching for clues to obtaining more offense before Game 6. (Mike Petraglia/WEEI.com)

Sometimes the greatest motivation can be one of fear.

In this case, the Bruins want to avoid the indignity of having a visiting team skate around on Garden ice holding Lord Stanley above their collective heads.

Faced with an identical scenario two years ago on a Monday night, the Bruins came out and throttled Roberto Luongo and the Canucks, 5-2, forcing a Game 7 back in Vancouver two nights later. It’s a scenario Tyler Seguin recalled Monday morning in the Bruins morning skate at TD Garden.

“Obviously, it’s do or die,” Seguin said. “We’ve been here before. We’re excited to play here on our home ice and make sure the Cup isn’t seen out there.”

Ironically, the Blackhawks were in this similar situation three years ago in Philadelphia, needing only to win Game 6 on Flyers’ home ice to clinch the Stanley Cup title. Patrick Kane scored the most bizarre Cup-clinching goal in history, beating Michael Leighton on a goal down the left wing that no one in the crowd saw go in the goal just over five minutes into overtime.

The Bruins and Blackhawks have both proven over the years they can handle the pressure. Who prevails in Game 6 this time?

“I think a night like tonight, you just really want to be focusing on playing on your toes and not sitting back,” Seguin said. “Any nerves, you’re using that as energy. We’re in our own barn here and playing for a lot more than ourselves and our teammates, so we definitely want to come out strong.

“Every game has been close. I think we said from the beginning of the series that it was going to be a long one. Here we are in Game 6 and we’re on the end of the stick that we didn’t want to be on. Hopefully, we’ll climb our way out of here and get a win tonight.”

“We have so many guys in this locker room that have been here before and in this situation, and for us it’s just all about mentality and making sure that we’re ready to go,” added rookie Torey Krug. “I think we got the kinks out of our game this morning. We’ve watched video. We understand what we’re going to get out of Chicago, and now it’s just about taking care of ourselves.”

Seguin is one of those who need to step up their game offensively in Game 6. He joins a list of others, including Brad Marchand, Nathan Horton and Milan Lucic who are desperate to rediscover their scoring touch in time for the Bruins to keep the series alive.

“I think I’ve been trying to shoot a bit smarter as of late,” Seguin said. “Not too many pointless shots. Tonight, I’m going to go out there and just try a little different tape job and go back to some junior roots and see if we can spark something there. But again, I just want to keep shooting, keep creating opportunities, and I think our lines has still done a decent job.

“You got to find the spots and eventually you’re going to get one nice, little break. Whether it’s a puck popping right to you in the slot or going backdoor and just being in the right spot. I think for me, when it’s coming out of the corners, I have to make sure I’m getting to the net and making sure I have my stick down and try to bump one of those in.

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