The Dallas Stars held a news conference Tuesday to formally introduce Tyler Seguin, their new top-line center, along with forward Shawn Horcoff. It was the first time Seguin made public comments since he was traded from the Boston Bruins.
The 21-year-old former No. 2 overall draft pick was dealt to Dallas on July 4 along with Rich Peverley and prospect Ryan Button for winger Loui Eriksson and three Stars prospects.
“I am very excited for the new experience [in Dallas],” Seguin said. “I am very excited in earning the respect of my new teammates, the management, and definitely the fans.”
In addition to speculation that his off-ice transgressions had to do with getting him traded, Seguin was questioned about a controversial tweet on his Twitter account that included a gay slur. Seguin said his account was “hacked” and he had nothing to down with the tweet in question. He shut down his Twitter account before heading to Dallas.
“We thought it was the right decision to shut down my Twitter,” he said. “It didn’t feel good that my name was out there saying a negative thing, and I want to apologize to anyone who was hurt by what I said and I am happy to be moving on.”
Seguin is expected to be moved back to center in Dallas, which is the position that he grew up playing all the way through juniors.He spent the past three years in Boston as a right wing.
“I am very excited to be moving to center, that is my more natural position,” he said. “I am happy to say that I have played wing as well and that I can play in different areas, but I am looking forward to playing center and earning my spot.”
Seguin had 121 points in 203 games with the Bruins. He will wear number 91 in Dallas, because his old number 19 is retired by the Stars in honor of the late Bill Masterton.