JERSEY CITY, N.J. – While meeting with reporters at the Westin Hotel, Peter Chiarelli confirmed that the Bruins have been listening to offers for Tyler Seguin.
The 21-year-old is coming off a shortened lockout season where he finished with 16 goals and 32 points, but was dropped to the third line during the playoffs when he managed just a single goal in 22 postseason games.
The lack of real progress for Seguin in a pivotal third season combined with his $5.75 million salary cap hit beginning next season meant the Bruins decided to listen to offers on the All-Star forward. Despite the down playoff performance, Seguin’s value is also still extremely high and the interest from other NHL GMs was clearly piqued by the young hockey talent with a world of potential.
Chiarelli said he received a “deluge” of calls when word got out on twitter that Seguin could potentially be available in the right deal. They also tapered off a bit once the news broke that Nathan Horton was walking away from the Bruins via free agency.
“Why would I be taking calls on Tyler?” said Chiarelli, with a smile on his face. “We’ve been taking some calls on Tyler, and I let his agent (Ian Pulver) know that yesterday. Look, I’ve got a lot of balls in the air including negotiations, and that stuff is going to leak out."
“When it leaked out that we were talking calls on Seguin, then we got a deluge of calls. It’s the power of Twitter, I guess. Then when [Horton] said he wasn’t coming back, they stopped. Self-correcting, I guess.”
A source indicated to CSNNE.com that the Bruins were interested in receiving a top-10 pick in the first round as part of the package in exchange for Seguin, and an impact roster player to go along with it.
Rumors were heavy on Saturday night that the Bruins and the Calgary Flames had discussed something involving the No. 6 overall pick in today’s NHL draft at the Prudential Center home of the New Jersey Devils, but none of that has been confirmed by Boston.