All-Star selection 'a dream come true' for Seguin

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All-Star selection 'a dream come true' for Seguin

BOSTON -- Zdeno Chara is an old hand at this NHL All-Star Game thing. But this year, he'll get to experience ofwatchingit allthrough the eyes of a 19-year-old prodigy: Tyler Seguin. Seguin, Chara and Tim Thomas were the three B's players chose to represent Boston at the NHL All-Star game in Ottawa at the end of January.

I think its a great thing for him, obviously," said Chara, a five-time All-Star, of Seguin. "Its an honor for him and for anybody who is selected. Im sure its going to be a good experience for him to see all these players.

There are a lot of top players from different teams in the league that all get together. Hopefully hell learn from them and carry it with him. Hes come a long way from last year.

The All-Star weekend activities will take place in Ottawa two weeks from today at Scotiabank Place, and start again withthe much-ballyhooed player draft that opened last year's festivities. Seguin took part in the rookie competition at last year's All-Star weekend in Carolina, but participating in the game itself this seasonis a whole different thing. It's a mark that Seguin has truly arrived in his second NHL season.

I was very surprised, obviously its a dream come true," said Seguin. "Last year I went as a rookie player and I got to see a little bit. But obviously I wasnt one of the All-Stars. I was just fortunate enough to be one of the rookies and meet those guys last year.

"Many of the All-Stars were my idols growing up. So you know . . . going as one of them is going to be a great experience.

Seguin leads the Bruins in scoring with 17 goals and 38 points and leads the entire NHL with a plus-33. He's sorry, however, that Patrice Bergeron was left off the team as one of the most surprising snubs of the selection process.

I was really surprised at that. I give him so much credit for my success," said Seguin. "Not only for how he plays and how many opportunities he gives me but, you know, just being the guy that I can really follow . . . not only on the ice but off the ice. I give him upmost credit.

Bergeron wasnt available for commentafter the Bruins' 2-1 victory over the Canadiens Thursday night at TD Garden. Perhaps thats a good thing if the classy,young center was disappointed by the All-Star Game snub.

He was only 5-for-15 on faceoffs and missed a wide open net on a 2-on-1 in the second period of the Bs victory. He didnt appear to be himself for the 15-plus minutes he was on the ice, and may have been expecting he'd get the call from the NHL this time around. InsteadBergeron willsimply have to go on as the most criminally underrated player currently skating in the NHL.

Report: Ehrhoff signs a PTO with the B's after World Cup

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Report: Ehrhoff signs a PTO with the B's after World Cup

The Bruins will add another veteran defenseman to their training camp group fresh off the World Cup of Hockey as German D-man Christian Ehrhoff is headed to Boston on a PTO (professional tryout agreement), according to a report from TSN Insider Bob McKenzie.

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The 34-year-old Ehrhoff had three assists in six World Cup games for Team Europe, and had two goals and 10 points in 48 games for the Los Angeles Kings and Chicago Blackhawks last season while clearly starting to slow down a bit. He’s clearly no longer the player that averaged 14 goals and 47 points for the Vancouver Canucks from 2009-2011, and is another left-shot defenseman to add to a team that already has Zdeno Chara and Torey Krug.

But it behooved the Bruins to bring in at least one “name” veteran D-man on a tryout basis during this training camp with so many needs for upgrades on the back end, and with a host of young players that might not be ready for prime time. This might also be a warning sign for young veteran Joe Morrow, a left shot D-man that has struggled a bit in training camp after coming off an erratic first full season at the NHL level.

Clearly the Bruins need more than Ehrhoff, however, even if he’s somehow re-energized with the Bruins after playing pretty well in the World Cup. The Kings were down enough on his game to put him through waivers last season, but he was a top-4 defenseman for the previous eight seasons for San Jose, Vancouver, Buffalo and Pittsburgh prior to getting bounced around between the Kings and Blackhawks last season.

The added bonus with taking a look at Ehrhoff is that there’s no risk associated with a PTO, and the Bruins can simply walk away with no cost if the B’s coaching staff decides he’s not a good fit for the group in Boston. On the other hand, bringing in a Kris Russell-type would cost a great deal in terms of money and term in a free agent contract, and it might not benefit the Black and Gold club in the end result.