ST. PAUL, MN The one thing everybody knows about Saturdays practice at Wakota Arena in the southern outskirts of St. Paul is that Tyler Seguin wasnt working with his teammates on the ice.
Bruins coach Claude Julien said that the 20-year-old forward was at the practice with the team, but wouldnt elaborate on the reasons behind Seguin missing practice after the session was over.
Hell be fine, said a curt Julien. Hell be in tomorrow. Hes not at practice today. Hes at the rink and hell be fine.
The only think the Bs coach would say is that Seguin will be in the lineup for tomorrow afternoons tilt against the Minnesota Wild at the Xcel Energy Center.
Seguin assisted on David Krejcis third period goal in Friday nights loss to the Winnipeg Jets and topped 19 minutes of ice time in the defeat, and didnt appear to suffer any injuries on the ice. Julien declined to simply call it a maintenance day for the Bs leading goal-scorer and All-Star, and wasn'toffering anything furtheron the absence.
You can call it whatever you want, replied Julien. Hes going to play tomorrow.
Unfortunately, given that Seguin was scratched against the Jets earlier this season for missing a team meeting, the vagueness of the answers begs the question of whether the players absence was for disciplinary reasons or rest-related.
Brad Marchand and Patrice Bergeron both skated with gold practice jerseys on without their third linemate, but Seguin wasnt spotted in the locker rooms post-practice our in the arena parking lot while Bruins players signed autographs for the large gathering of Bruins fans that took in the practice.