WILMINGTON — With theories circulating between Boston and Dallas about the real reasons for the trade of Tyler Seguin, Bruins coach Claude Julien stayed mostly out of it when asked about his former winger on Thursday.
“Everybody as a 21-year-old doesn’t always have the maturity to be a professional, whether it’s in the gym, here or there,” Julien said. “You work with all of those young guys the same way. Do different players have difference challenges? Absolutely.”
Julien said he has not talked to Seguin since the trade, but he talked to him at the end of the season and will be talking with him.
“There was no issue between Tyler and I, and I’m not afraid to say it,” Julien said. “You guys can ask him at some point. There were no issues there. I worked with him as a hockey player, I dealt with him as a person. There were never any issues that I knew about, anyway. I thought we had a good relationship.”
Seguin struggled to produce in the postseason, and the Bruins decided that they were ready to part with him. He went to the Stars for a package centered around Loui Eriksson.
“I’m going to tell you right now, Tyler Seguin is a good hockey player,” Julien said. “He’s got an opportunity to be a great hockey player, too.”
Julien, like general manager Peter Chiarelli, also expressed surprise about Nathan Horton’s decision to move on from the Bruins, despite Boston’s interest in keeping him.
“Not at all,” Julien said, when asked if he had a hint it would happen. “It surprised me. I think Peter said the same thing. He was happy with us. We had a great relationship. He did some good things for us. I don’t know the reasons why he chose to go to Columbus. I know it wasn’t personal with the organization. That much I know. But the main reason? He’s the only one who can answer that.”