Sunday, April 7, 2013
Seguin back to wing with Kelly, Paille
By Joe McDonald
WILMINGTON, Mass. -- Boston Bruins forward Tyler Seguin found a grey practice sweater in his locker stall when he arrived at practice Sunday morning at Ristuccia Arena.
Seguin was back on the wing with Chris Kelly in the middle and Daniel Paille on the other side. Gregory Campbell centered Brad Marchand and Jaromir Jagr. The top line of Milan Lucic, David Krejci and Nathan Horton remained intact. The fourth line consisted of Jordan Caron/Kaspars Daugavins, Rich Peverley and Shawn Thornton.
Earlier in the week, Seguin had been moved to center after linemate Patrice Bergeron suffered a concussion and is out indefinitely. Seguin centered Marchand and Jagr, but during Saturday’s 2-1 loss to the Montreal Canadiens, Bruins coach Claude Julien dropped Seguin back to the wing with Campbell and Paille.
After Sunday’s practice, Julien said he’s looking for more offense out of everybody, not just Seguin.
“Right now it’s about playing your game as an individual,” Julien said. “You shouldn’t care where you are, you should care what you bring. He’s been fine like that. There’s no issue and I don’t think I have to explain myself to every player for every move I make. They understand we’re trying to win here and that’s all that should matter.”
Julien would not comment on Seguin’s overall game of late.
“I’m not going to get into that. You guys can make your own assessments,” Julien said. “I’m not into throwing players under the bus. I’m into making them better players, so if there are some issues, I’ll talk to them individually.”
When practice was over, two reporters approached Seguin and asked if he had a moment to talk. He refused, saying the team’s director of communications Matthew Chmura told him he did not have to speak Sunday with the media. Chmura later said that wasn’t true.
Since Seguin would not answer questions, his teammates were forced to speak for him.
“He’s a great player and he can play in any position. He’s a big part of our team and when he’s going, it really gives a lot of energy to play the way we need to,” Marchand said. “We want that from him every night and he’s doing a great job this year.”
Even though Seguin was a natural centerman during his junior hockey career, he’s played the wing with the Bruins since his rookie season in 2010-11. He struggled being back at center this week, so Julien thought it best to move him back to the wing.
“It’s a different position and there’s a lot of responsibility that goes with it,” Marchand said. “He played center a lot in juniors, but he’s been out of that position for a few years now and it’s tough to get back into it. Again, he’s a great pro and he’s doing a great job playing that middle position.”