Bruins: Seguin oversleeping is 'old news'

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Bruins: Seguin oversleeping is 'old news'

Jordan Caron rooms with Tyler Seguin at a condo in Charlestown when the two youngsters are in Boston, and he was Seguins roommate at the team hotel in Winnipeg when the 19-year-old now infamously overslept for team meetings on Tuesday morning.

Caron recounted what happened from his point of view when Seguin missed team breakfast and morning meetings before being scratched for the Bruins' game against the Winnipeg Jets. According to Caron, the team got in around 2 a.m. on Tuesday and both players went straight to bed after arriving in Winnipeg.

Caron awoke the next morning to get breakfast and left Seguin sleeping while he quietly exited their hotel room. Once Caron and his teammates realized that Seguin still hadnt woken up with the team meeting starting, they tried to call the 19-year-old. But Seguin had put his phone on vibrate and didnt hear any of the phone call attempts from his teammates, and Caron said he didnt physically walk up to the room to get him because the meeting was just about to start.

"We tried to call him a few times just before the meeting. His phone was off or something. It was an accident. I dont think it was anybodys fault. He wasnt out or anything," said Caron. We came in pretty late. We went to bed at the same time. I went to breakfast early the next morning and didnt want to wake him up, of course.

"It was an accident. The guys are behind him with support and Im pretty sure it wont be happening again."

Several among the Bruins traveling party indicated that the Verizon service on their cell phones was bouncing sporadically between the Central Time Zone for Winnipeg and the Mountain Time Zone, and that might have been what Seguin was clumsily attempting to explain when he said his phone was on Boston time after the Bs loss to the Jets.Seguin did face the media following morning skate Thursday, but simply said: "I talked about it the other day and I've alread kind ofmoved on to getting ready for tonight's game."

The one thing Caron wanted to make abundantly clear: Seguin was in the hotel the entire time and that it was a simple case of a 19-year-old kid making a mistake and sleeping through a meeting.

Hes usually the first one up and leaving the room, said Caron. Hes not someone that oversleeps all the time. It was just an accident. Last year in the playoffs I came in a bit late, but I didnt miss practice. I was so nervous. I was living right beside the rink here, and I remember grabbing a pair of jeans and a T-shirt and running to the rink. Its a bad feeling."

No doubt its the same bad feeling Seguin has been experiencing the last couple of days. But Claude Julien said its time to turn the page on the incident, and reaffirmed that Seguin would be back in the lineup against the Florida Panthers Thursday night.

Theres no doubt the second-year forward should be armed with the proper motivation against a Florida team that's surprised this year.

This is old news. For us weve turned the page on it. Old news is old news and weve moved on, said Julien. Hes fine and Im fine. Hell be in the lineup and playing. Hes missed a game. Hes paid his dues. Hes a 19-year-old that is fine with us and hes a good professional. The page is turned and we move on.

Julien was wrong about one thing. The page will only be turned when Seguin goes out and performs like the teams leading scorer after his big sleep in Winnipeg. It could be as soon as tonight in Boston against the Panthers.

Source: Bruins preparing offer sheet for Jets D-man Jacob Trouba

Source: Bruins preparing offer sheet for Jets D-man Jacob Trouba

According to a hockey source, Don Sweeney and the Boston Bruins “are preparing an offer sheet” this week for Winnipeg Jets defenseman Jacob Trouba as an aggressive option to land a No. 1 defenseman after trades didn’t pan out at last weekend’s NHL Draft.

The Bruins have watched Trouba closely for some time, and clearly have an interest in the 22-year-old D-man with size, offensive abilities and a workhorse nature that’s seen him average more than 22 minutes of ice time per game since entering the league as a 19-year-old.

Trouba is coming off a six-goal, 21-point season while playing in 81 games for the Jets, and was a career-best plus-10 for Winnipeg. With Trouba, a restricted free agent, and the Jets locked into big money deals to fellow right shot D-men in Dustin Byfuglien and Tyler Myers, the writing has been on the wall for some time that the Jets would need to give one of them up.

Now it appears the Bruins may be willing to put their money, and their assets, where their interest is, and come up with an offer sheet that totals a minimum of $47 million for Trouba’s services.

Part of that high total is crafting an offer that the Winnipeg Jets aren’t going to match, and part of that is the Bruins’ own doing while casually tossing away their own draft picks. Because they sent their 2017 third round pick to the Flyers for Zac Rinaldo and their 2017 second round pick to New Jersey for Lee Stempniak, the Bruins must put together an offer sheet with an average annual value (AAV) of at least $9.3 million that will require Boston to give up four consecutive first round picks as compensation.

The good news for the Bruins: for offer sheet purposes, AAV is determined by dividing the total compensation offered by the lesser of the length of the contract, or by five. For contracts longer than five years in term, this will result in a higher AAV than simply dividing the contract total by the number of years.

Example: a 7 year offer sheet worth $49 million total, would be considered an AAV of $9.8 million ($49 million divided by 5) for offer sheet compensation purposes. That means the Bruins could make an offer sheet to Trouba in the $7-8 million per season neighborhood on a seven year deal, a reasonable contract if Trouba turns into the No. 1 defenseman that the B’s are envisioning.

The real price for the Black and Gold would be surrendering four first round picks, but the Bruins have made five first round picks in the last two years while stockpiling their prospect cupboard. The B’s have also been hit-or-miss with their first round picks, so sacrificing a few of them for a surefire, young defenseman would theoretically be worth the price.

Clearly the offer sheet route is the product of Bruins’ frustration at being unable to broker a deal for Kevin Shattenkirk or Cam Fowler last weekend in Buffalo, and at the realization that they need a stud No. 1 defenseman in order to again be competitive in the Eastern Conference. Perhaps even the threat of an offer sheet could spur the Jets into dealing Trouba, just as the threat of an offer sheet pushed forward the trades of Dougie Hamilton and Brandon Saad last season. 

Dirty Water Media Bruins reporter James Murphy was also reporting the buzz that the B's are exploring their offer sheet option. 

Bruins go for size, defensive presence at center with Koppanen

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Bruins go for size, defensive presence at center with Koppanen

While the Bruins fourth round pick might sound eerily like Finnish fourth line center Joonas Kemppainen, the Black and Gold are hoping for much more from fifth round pick (135th overall) Joona Koppanen. The 6-foot-5, 194-pound Finnish center is obviously a big body in the middle of the ice, and already plays a responsible, smart game on the defensive side of the ice.

In keeping with the parallels to Kemppainen, Koppanen is a bit less developed on the offensive side of the game at this point in his young career as an 18-year-old.  

“I think that the draft was awesome and I’m really excited for the draft to Boston,” said Koppanen, who added “Tuukka Rask plays there” when asked what he knows about the Bruins. “My strength is to skating and I’m a good two-way forward.”

The Big Finn had nine goals and 26 points in 40 games for the junior team in Finland last season, and was shut out in seven games for Team Finland at the World Junior U-18 Championships. So he’s got some work to do developing his offensive game and getting both bigger and stronger, but the Bruins see size, strength and the work ethic to improve in Koppanen.

“He’s a big guy, and for a big guy he can really move around. He’s very good defensively and smart with his positioning. He plays hard,” said Bruins head scout Keith Gretzky. “The skill is the one area that needs to develop, and we think it’s going to do that. He was a guy that we targeted because he’s a big guy that can skate, and is good in his own end.”

One thing the Bruins focused on heading into the draft was acquiring some size at the center position, and they’ve clearly done that with 6-foot-2, 200-pound Trent Frederic and the 6-foot-5, 198-pound Koppanen.

It just remains to be seen what kind of offensive upside these gritty, tough competitors will have once they reach the pro ranks a few years from now, and that will go a long way to determining how good these picks end up being.

One thing is for sure: they must be projecting that Koppanen is better than Kemppainen, who was an absolute bust in the offensive zone. 

Lindgren brings toughness, leadership as Bruins second-round pick

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Lindgren brings toughness, leadership as Bruins second-round pick

Despite receiving a mixed reaction to their two first-round picks, the consensus is the Bruins made another good pick in the second round with Ryan Lindgren.

The 6-foot, 203-pound defenseman from the US National Team Development Program had a combined 10 goals and 37 points in 87 games played for the program last season, and was excellent at both ends for Team USA during the World Junior Under-18 tournament played during the year.

Lindgren isn’t flashy, doesn’t come into the next stage of his hockey development as an elite puck-mover and he wasn’t somebody that popped with amazing workouts during the NHL scouting combine. Instead he’s simply been a solid D-man with good leadership qualities, who is good at everything while also showing an eager willingness to block shots and sacrifice his body for wins at a very young age where grit doesn’t always come naturally.

“Lindgren blocks shots. He’s not the most skilled guy like [Charlie] McAvoy or anything like that, but he brings an element that we really liked as an organization,” said Bruins head scout Keith Gretzky of the University of Minnesota-bound Lindgren. “We believe that he’s a leader, and you win with those kinds of guys.”

The Minnesota-born Lindgren also captained both the USNDTP team and the Under-18 World Junior squad for Team USA where hard work is clearly part of his overall skill set.

“I’m a hard-working defenseman,” said Lindgren last weekend in Buffalo while sporting black eyes from a ball hockey league he plays in with older brother, and Montreal Canadiens goalie, Charlie Lindgren. “I think I’m a leader on and off the ice. I think I bring a big compete level, and I bring it every day. I’m more of a defensive defenseman, but I think I’ve got some offensive ability as well. I’m going to be physical and bring it every game. I’m going to block shots and do whatever it is to help the team win. That’s what I expect to bring every game.”

Now the Bruins can sit back and watch Lindgren’s development with the Gophers where he’ll undoubtedly become a gritty, tough leader and top D-man like he’s been at every level of his hockey career prior to being the 49th overall selection.

Joe Haggerty can be followed on Twitter: @HacksWithHaggs