Seguin's former teammates prepare for tilt

Seguin's former teammates prepare for tilt
November 5, 2013, 12:30 am
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The reactions ranged from humdrum to slightly emotional, and everything in between, for the Boston Bruins organization with prodigal son Tyler Seguin returning to TD Garden for the first time as a member of the Dallas Stars.

The least remarkable was B’s coach Claude Julien, who didn’t waste too much time talking about his former player when it was the first question out of the press conference shoot from Comcast SportsNet New England’s Kevin Walsh.

“It’s not my job to stay in contact with a player that’s no longer with us,” said Julien. “He’s a good, young player. I didn’t mind him here at all. He’s got a high skill level. There was a trade made, and my job was to move on. I’m more excited about the opportunity that we might have Loui [Eriksson] back in our lineup tomorrow night.”

The other end of the touchy-feely spectrum was from Seguin’s "bromance" partner, Brad Marchand, who met up with his former teammate on Sunday, and had dinner plans with him on Monday night. Marchand has struggled this season with a goal and three points in 13 games along with a negative plus/minus rating, and some have even wondered if his struggles are related to Seguin’s absence.

After all, their shirtless parade through Boston after winning the Cup three years ago was the stuff of B’s legends, and paved the way for Mike Napoli’s debauchery over the weekend. So Marchand is looking forward to matching up against his former partner-in-crime.

“It should be fun. It’ll be different, for sure, seeing him on the other side. It will be a big rivalry. We’ll want to beat him, and I’m he’ll want to beat us,” said Marchand. “I certainly wasn’t expecting him to get traded, especially after they signed him to a long deal. I don’t think anybody would be expected to be shipped out that quick. It’s part of the business, though, and we all get that.

“It’s tough when you lose a good, close friend, and the guys really liked having him around. Things happen. It’s not unusual to lose guys at the end of the year. But Seguin is probably the closest person to me that I’ve ever had traded away from a team that I played on.”

Marchand’s comments are interesting given that most people around the team have suggested the two forwards didn’t spend nearly as much time with each other off the ice in Seguin’s final season in Boston.

Clearly, Seguin has been okay with six goals and 15 points in 14 games for the Dallas Stars while also winning just 37 percent of his face-offs and barely registering a plus-1 despite being a point-per-game player.

Meanwhile Loui Eriksson looks to potentially return from a concussion in time for Tuesday night’s game against the Stars, and Marchand appears to be back on that line with Eriksson and Patrice Bergeron. Perhaps reuniting against his good buddy Seguin will be exactly what Marchand needs to start playing like the rascally Nose Face Killah that’s been so effective during his time in Boston.