Seguin denies being born with hip problem

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Seguin denies being born with hip problem

MONTREAL -- The start to Tyler Seguins second NHL season had much of the too good to be true ring to it after the teenage puck prodigy jumped out to nine points in his first nine games of the season.

Seguin appears to have truly turned the corner toward becoming an offensive force for the Bruins for years to come. But here comes the splash of cold water.

An ESPNBoston.com report, citing league and team sources, threw some icy water on the Seguin optimism Friday when it revealed the 19-year-old natural born playmaker has a congenital hip situation that makes him more susceptible to future hip injuries and with it a potential for a degenerative hip condition down the line due to repetitive stress usage.
Basically the report stated Seguin might have hip issues later in his career that could potentially shorten his hockey body of work just like somebody could saunter out onto Boylston Street and get hit by a speeding Winnebago tomorrow.

Seguin vehemently denied the report Saturday morning at the Bell Centre following the teams morning skate, and several team sources took issue with it being a congenital hip problem as stated in the story.

Ive heard there was a story out there about my hip. I can say that Im 100 percent healthy, said Seguin. Anything about my hip is really false. I have no problems and I wasnt born with any symptoms or anything like that.

Im all good. I can sit here and say things about me, and tell the truth. Whatever happens outside of what I say is out of my control, but I know how I feel and how my hips are. Theyre 100 percent fine.

Seguin said he doesnt do anything differently to protect his hips than any other hockey player on the planet as hip injuries become more and more commonplace within the NHL. Where once the injuries were described as groin problems or sports hernias, proper stretching to avoid hip injuries and repetitive strain problems is something Seguin practices religiously each day he laces up the skates.

I think for hockey players hips and groins are a big thing for all of us, said Seguin. Lots of guys get pulled groins and things like that, and I know personally I do extra stuff in the summer-time for hip and groin workouts before I do my regular work. You need to do that stuff if you want to have a long career.

The timing of the report is interesting in that the questions for the report on Seguins hip were asked over a month ago, and were only released for consumption with the Bruins playing a big weekend series against the Montreal Canadiens while the eyes of the hockey world on both teams.

One Bruins team source said nearly every player on the roster has a medical issue that could lead to surgery at some point in their careers, and its pretty clear there are bigger fish for the team to fry after a 3-6 start to their season.

It would be like reporting (Player A) has bursitis in his ankle that might need surgery someday or (Player B) has a calcium deposit that might be an issue down the line, said a team source. There are plenty of players that will need surgeries at some point in their careers if they play 10 or 15 years in the league, but take a look at the players when they are out on the ice.

Our leading scorer in the playoffs (David Krejci) and our Conn Smythe winner (Tim Thomas) both had hip conditions that needed to be addressed with surgery, and both players have bounced back tremendously well. Its something that happens in the world of professional sports. Now a perfectly healthy 19-year-old hockey player has to answer questions about a hip problem that hasnt even presented itself.

Mike Lowell is a good example of a player that battled through the congenital hip issue described in the story, and he played 11 years of Major League Baseball before succumbing to a hip surgery at 34 years old that eventually forced him to retire two years later at the age of 36. But Lowell never did the proper stretching or maintenance for an athlete with a higher susceptibility to hip issues until it was too late, and it appears that that Seguin is way ahead of the game at this point in his very young NHL career.

So those worried about Bostons 19-year-old leading scorer all of a sudden needing an artificial hip or a walker to get around the Bs dressing room should take heart: the Seguin hip story appears to be much ado about not much.

B's determined to 'keep it going' during good offensive run

B's determined to 'keep it going' during good offensive run

BRIGHTON, Mass. -- The Bruins are going through a nice, little bountiful stretch of offense right now after a half-season of struggle.

The Bruins are averaging more than three goals per game in their last 12 contests, and have scored a whopping 22 goals in their last six games including dropping six scores on the Flyers Saturday afternoon at TD Garden. Combine that with the 7-for-25 performance on the power play during the month of January, and things are finally starting to catch up with a Bruins team that was all shoot/no score for months of frustrating hockey this season.

“If you want sustained success then you have to be good defensively, but you also have to score some goals. That’s definitely part of it and we have to keep it going,” said Patrice Bergeron, who has four goals and eight points in his last nine games after struggling out of the starting gate. “You’re not going to get rewarded every night like we did [against the Flyers], but you have to find that consistency where you’re close to having that every night.”

One thing nobody should expect out of the B’s, however, is to get outside of what they do well now that they’ve started slapping some numbers up on the board. Instead the Bruins are intent on their bedrock of disciplined defense and sensational goaltending with the added offense just making it much tougher to beat them these days.

“I don’t know if we can stand here and say we’re going to sustain that we’re scoring lots of goals. I think what we need to sustain here is winning more games than we lose,” said Claude Julien. “That’s what we’ve got to sustain. Whether it’s a 1-0 or 2-1 game, or it’s a 5-2 or 5-3 game it doesn’t really matter. It’s about winning hockey games much more than it’s about how much you scored, and how much you don’t score.

“Overall when I look at the scoring chances we’re giving up per game, that doesn’t seem to have changed. Goals allowed may have changed a little bit lately, but overall I think we’ve been very steady in that area [of defense].”

So now the Bruins will again be looking for that ideal balance of offense/defense when they take the ice against the Islanders on Monday afternoon for their second straight matinee at TD Garden. 

Morrow has 'confident feeling' as he readies to jump into B's lineup

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Morrow has 'confident feeling' as he readies to jump into B's lineup

BRIGHTON, Mass. -- It’s been a long month of bag skates and lonely practices for Bruins defenseman Joe Morrow.

That’s about to change thanks to injuries to both Kevan Miller and Colin Miller, who are both not expected to be able to play against the New York Islanders on Monday afternoon at TD Garden. That means Morrow will be in the B’s lineup for the first time since a Dec. 12 win over the Montreal Canadiens, a span of 16 consecutive B’s games that the 24-year-old has been watching from the press box.

Morrow skated in a pairing with John-Michael Liles in Sunday’s practice at Warrior Ice Arena prior to Monday’smatinee, and obviously he’s looking forward to getting back into games given this season’s sporadic practice schedule.

“[Playing well after sitting for long stretches] isn’t necessarily something you want to be good at, but if you are good at then it’s a good tool to have in your bag. It’s a confident feeling that I’ll be able to come in [and play well],” said Morrow, who has an assist and a minus-3 rating in 13 games for the Black and Gold this season. “I’ve stayed in good shape and worked hard in practice, and that’s all I can do up until this point.

“Put simply, [this year’s compacted schedule] is exhausting. Countless times I’ve skated by myself, and anybody would tell you there’s nothing harder than skating by yourself on a sheet of ice. Mentally and physically it’s just exhausting. There haven’t been many practices and there haven’t been many game-type situations in the practices we do have. Skating with the whole team is almost like a pregame skate scenario. But you’re still skating every day, so it’s putting it upon yourself to go out there and stay ready for things.”

The one issue for Morrow, a former first round pick, over the last couple of seasons has been maintaining a high level of play once he draws his way into the lineup. It feels like there’s a drop-off in his play once he’s played a few games in a row whether it’s physical mistakes or mental lapses in his play, and that’s something he wants to avoid when given an opportunity to suit up.

“I feel like when I have played this year that I’ve been quite consistent and that I’ve played well,” said Morrow, the last remaining part of the 2013 Tyler Seguin trade still in a Bruins uniform. “I’m just in a situation that the cards are playing out the way that they are, so it depends on how many games I get whether it’s one, two, 30 or however many games are left [in the season]. It’s realistically entirely up to me. If I can shake the rust out in the first couple of shifts and start from there, it’s going to be a big positive in my book. It’s the really the only option I have left now.”

Given that Colin Miller began skating on his own on Sunday morning, it might not be a very big window for Morrow to impress upon the coaches just how badly he wants to play. But one would expect he’s going to bring his best on Monday against the Isles with the hopes that it will be somebody else sitting up in the press box when it once again becomes a D-man numbers game for the 7-8 players for six lineup spots.