Tyler Seguin looking for fresh start in Dallas

Ex-Bruin will shift to center with Stars

Tyler Seguin was introduced in Dallas Tuesday.
Tyler Seguin was introduced in Dallas Tuesday.

Tyler Seguin posed with his new green and white Dallas Stars jersey Tuesday. Seguin showed off his new digits: No. 91.

Perhaps Seguin is hoping life in Dallas will be the opposite of his time in Boston, where he wore No. 19.

Seguin won a championship ring as a rookie and he led the Bruins in scoring as a second-year NHLer.


The Bruins compensated Seguin based on his junior pedigree, his two seasons of NHL production, and how they projected him to perform. Seguin’s six-year, $34.5 million extension may have been one factor in his checkered 2013 season.

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Seguin scored 16 goals and 16 assists in the regular season. He added one goal in the playoffs. On June 29, amid trade chatter, general manager Peter Chiarelli said Seguin had to become more of a professional. Five days later, the No. 2 pick of the 2010 draft was shipped to Dallas with Rich Peverley for Loui Eriksson, Reilly Smith, Matt Fraser, and Joe Morrow.

“There’s a lot of young guys,” Seguin, during an introductory news conference in Dallas, said of his new teammates. “On my last team, I was the only single guy. I’m excited to meet new faces and have a new start. I’m very excited for the new experience. I’m definitely excited to earn the respect of my new teammates, management, and definitely the fans.”

The Bruins no longer believed Seguin was part of their core group. Conversely, first-year Stars general manager Jim Nill, who scouted Seguin heavily in junior, considers the 21-year-old an elite centerpiece.

“When a player like Tyler becomes available, that doesn’t happen a lot in the sports world,” Nill said. “We’re very fortunate here in Dallas. We had to give up some pretty good players to get him. You have to give respect to those players. Boston did a good job. They asked for the right players in return. I think it’s a win-win for both teams. What I’m excited about is that Tyler played with a great organization. The Boston Bruins do it right. It’s the way we want to do it. He’s been through that process. He lived there for three years learning how to do it the right way. We’re going to be the beneficiaries of that time.”


Seguin took the majority of his Boston shifts at right wing. David Krejci and Patrice Bergeron were ahead of Seguin on the depth chart at center. The Bruins also believed Seguin’s speed and shot were better suited on the wing.

In Dallas, Seguin will return to center. He played in the middle in Plymouth, his junior team. The Stars project Seguin to center the first line next to left wing Jamie Benn.

Seguin used part of the news conference to address his Twitter controversy. Following the trade, an anti-gay slur was posted on his Twitter account. Seguin said his account was hacked. He did not believe any of his friends were responsible.

“My Twitter was taken over, along with a few other things that are with my name,” Seguin said. “It definitely didn’t feel good that my name was out there saying negative things. I want to apologize to anyone who was hurt by what I said. I’m happy to be moving on.”

Seguin since has closed his Twitter account.


“I think Twitter and social media are a major downfall of ours,” Nill said. “Who are we to judge when you don’t know? What I’m excited about today is the chance for Tyler to turn the page. He’s starting a new career down here in Dallas. We had a great talk about it. He’s the only one who knows what happened over the Twitter situation. I think it’s time to move on.”

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Defensemen Scott Niedermayer and Chris Chelios, along with forward Brendan Shanahan will be inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame.

They’ll be joined in the class of 2013 by Geraldine Heaney, a defenseman on Canada’s gold-medal-winning team at the 2002 Olympics and the third woman to be enshrined in the Hall, and coach Fred Shero, who led the Flyers to the Stanley Cup in 1974 and ’75. He was selected posthumously in the builder category.

Induction will be in November.

Chelios and Niedermayer earned hockey’s biggest individual honor in their first year of eligibility, and Shanahan got in on his second shot.

New Jersey Devils general manager Lou Lamoriello raved about all three players, each of whom he had a connection to during their careers.

‘‘Scott was an integral part of our success in New Jersey, not just on the ice, but off the ice,’’ Lamoriello said in a telephone interview with The Associated Press.

‘‘Shanahan was a part of my first draft — back in 1987 — and he went on to establish himself as one of the best, all-time power forwards in the history of the game. Chelios, who I was with in the 1996 World Cup and the Olympics, is one of the best success stories for an American hockey player.’’

Shanahan was a teammate of Chelios’s in Detroit, and played with Niedermayer in the Olympics in 2002 when Canada won gold by beating Chelios and the US in Salt Lake City.

‘‘When you got to play with them, it was a thrill,’’ Shanahan said. ‘‘I spent some years playing with Cheli, and there’s not another guy that you would want to go into a tough situation looking out for you.

‘‘It absolutely makes it more special to go in with people I not only played against, but played with and got to know well.’’

Shanahan and Niedermayer are members of the Triple Gold Club, players who have won the worlds, the Olympics, and a Stanley Cup.

Chelios is an adviser to hockey operations in Detroit. Niedermayer is an assistant coach in Anaheim. Shanahan is the NHL senior vice president of player safety.

Niedermayer won four Stanley Cups in 17 full NHL seasons.

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