When the Boston Bruins sent Tyler Seguin to the Dallas Stars as part of a seven-player trade, they reportedly rid themselves of an immature and underachieving -- but talented -- center who forced the team to take extreme precautions during the 2013 Stanley Cup playoffs.
In announcing the trade, Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli repeatedly defended Seguin, the No. 2 overall pick of the 2010 draft.
From the Boston Herald:
"I see the Twitterverse, whatever it's called, and all of these reports about his extra-curricular stuff," said the GM. "What has to be remembered in all of this is that he's 21 years old. He's a good kid and a terrific player. He liked to have fun like the rest of us. I don't really think it's that big a deal. When I said focus it was about little things, preparing to play. It was nothing about extra-curricluar activities."
The Boston Herald's Stephen Harris, however, reports Seguin's departure was long expected because the Bruins were exhausted by the 21-year-old's partying ways. The team even went so far as to force Seguin to live in a hotel during the playoffs, and hired a guard to make sure he did not venture out to party away the Bruins' Stanley Cup hopes.
From the Herald:
For months, well-placed sources have been predicting that Tyler Seguin’s days with the Bruins were numbered, not just because of his soft, underachieving performance on the ice but largely because of his immature lifestyle choices.
Those sources clearly were onto something, because the Bruins yesterday made the decision to part ways with the No. 2 overall pick in the 2010 draft, who they feel is headed for trouble with his nightlife pursuits.
Eriksson is a player fans will like because he fits the Bruins mold perfectly. Many people around the team never really warmed up to Seguin, the player or the person.
This trade might not be popular among all Bruins fans, who envisioned Seguin as a future superstar. But he might go down as a player who squandered his great gifts. Multiple sources said the 21-year-old Seguin crossed the line this season with reckless partying.
It apparently got so bad that during the playoffs, the Bruins ordered Seguin to live in a hotel, where a guard was hired to make sure he stayed in his room.