Seguin denies report he left Swiss apartment in 'shambles'

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Seguin denies report he left Swiss apartment in 'shambles'

Tyler Seguin called reports out of Switzerland that he trashed his apartment while playing for EHC Biel unprofessional, and said the story was largely a fabrication for a Swiss tabloid looking to make a splash.

According to a Deadspin piece put together from the Swiss report, Seguin left his team-paid apartment in squalor when he left and, among other things, that the bathroom was in a shambles and that it took a cleaning company a full day to return it to normalcy. The information was gleaned by one of the members of the cleaning service provided by the Biel team.

The Deadspin piece also incorrectly paints Seguin as living by himself for the first time over in Switzerland when he lived on his own during his rookie year in Boston as an 18-year-old.

The now 20-year-old Seguin said that the report was 100 percent untrue and wondered if the Swiss media came after him when they learned that a cleaning service was one of his contractually-agreed perks a rarity in the Swiss League.

Maybe they went after me because I was one of the only guys on the team that asked for a cleaning service? But thats something that Ive always had and I didnt think asking for it was a big deal, said Seguin. Apparently weve got Photoshop over here than over there in Switzerland, I guess. I was blown away with everything. I thought it was very unprofessional. I dont want to talk about it too much, but everything in the report was 100 percent untrue.

Seguin indicated that he took everything with him when he returned to Boston shortly after Jan. 1, and took issue with the details about his inability to use the washer and dryer. According to the Bs puck prodigy, he washed all of his clothes at NHL teammate Pat Kanes apartment downstairs. So there was no reason for him to use the washer or dryer at his temporary residence.

Between the bogus reports about hip issues and the tabloid piece on his Swiss living space, its a crying shame that those things are leaving Seguin with a bad taste in his move after he was truly embraced by the Biel fans in Switzerland. Incidents like that that also makes Seguin grateful to be back in North America ready to crank up NHL hockey in the next couple of weeks.

Report: Cavs. Pacers, Nuggets discuss deal involving George, Love

Report: Cavs. Pacers, Nuggets discuss deal involving George, Love

Don’t count the Cleveland Cavaliers out of the Paul George sweepstakes just yet.

According to ESPN’s Marc Stein and Chris Haynes, the Cavaliers are still working on a way to get George with LeBron James and Kyrie Irving in Ohio.

The latest rumor involves a three way deal being discussed between the Cavaliers, Indiana Pacers, and Denver Nuggets. According to Hayes, the deal would send George and Kenenth Faried to Cleveland and Kevin Love to Denver.

Presumably, Indiana would end up with good picks and a few young assets.

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Will the Harris signing mean more time on the edge for Hightower?

Will the Harris signing mean more time on the edge for Hightower?

David Harris is expected to be a savvy middle linebacker who will line up his teammates when they help. He's expected to provide some level of leadership, even in his first year in New England, as an accomplished-but-hungry 33-year-old who has not yet reached a Super Bowl. 

What Harris is not expected to do is improve the Patriots pass rush. He was in on one sack in 900 snaps last season.  

But in a roundabout way he might. 

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There are dominos to fall now that Harris has been added to Bill Belichick and Matt Patricia's defense. How much will Harris play, and whose playing time will he cut into? Those questions don't yet have answers, but one of the more intriguing elements of the Harris acquisition is how he will benefit Dont'a Hightower's game.

If Harris can pick up the Patriots defense quickly -- and all indications are that there should be few issues there -- he could take some of the all-important communication responsibilities off of Hightower's shoulders. 

Ever since taking the reins from Jerod Mayo as the team's signal-caller, Hightower has had to be on top of all requisite pre-snap checks and last-second alignment changes. It's a critical role, and one that Hightower performs well, but those duties place some added stress on the player wearing the green dot. Perhaps if part of that load can be heaped onto Harris' plate, that might allow Hightower to feel as though he's been freed up to focus on his individual assignments.

Harris' presence might also impact where on the field Hightower is used. Hightower may be the most versatile piece on a Patriots defense loaded with them, but with Harris in the middle, Hightower could end up playing more on the edge, where he's proven he can make a major impact (see: Super Bowl LI).

For Belichick and his staff, having the ability to use one of their best pass-rushers -- and one of the most efficient rushers league-wide, per Pro Football Focus -- on the edge more frequently has to be an enticing byproduct of the move to sign Harris. Especially since there are some question marks among the team's end-of-the-line defenders behind Trey Flowers and Rob Ninkovich. 

We'll have to wait for training camp before we have an idea of how exactly Harris fits in with the Patriots defense. But the effect he'll have on his new teammates, and Hightower in particular, will be fascinating to track.