Tyler Seguin

Julien: Seguin ‘seems a bit nervous’ playing in Toronto


Pointless through four games, Tyler Seguin isn’t having a very good postseason.

Claude Julien has a theory why.

The Bruins head coach suggested Seguin felt the pressure of playing in his hometown — Toronto — during Games 3 and 4 of the Eastern Conference quarterfinal.

“This is [Tyler’s] hometown and he seems a bit nervous here,” Julien explained after Boston’s 4-3 OT win on Wednesday. “I thought he played really well the first two games.

“In Boston, he was a really good player and here not quite as good.”

Seguin was all over the place during the opening two games of the series. Despite failing to register a point, he recorded a combined 15 shots on goal, finished plus-1 and even got his physical game going, racking up four hits in Game 2.

In Toronto, though, it was a different story.

Seguin put just three shots on goal over two games at the ACC, and took a tripping penalty that led to Jake Gardiner’s power-play goal in Game 3.

The 21-year-old didn’t sound overly concerned about his lack of production, suggesting things would turn around.

“In the end it’s a fun sport,” he explained. “With playoffs and everything surrounding it, sometimes you almost do lose track of that.

“So the biggest message we had among ourselves as a line was to go out there, relax a little bit more, have more fun.”

And hey, if the Bruins can close out the series in Game 5, Seguin won’t have to worry about playing in Toronto again.

Flames release Ryan Wilson from PTO

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The Calgary Flames have released Ryan Wilson from his professional tryout.

The 28-year-old was trying to make a comeback after missing 79 games with a shoulder injury last season.

Even with T.J. Brodie sidelined because of a broken hand, Wilson still faced long odds to make the final roster.

The veteran will be hard-pressed to find NHL work with another team.

He hasn’t suited up in more than 12 regular season games since 2011-12.

The Stockton Heat, Calgary’s AHL affiliate, also made some news on Sunday.

The club announced that they’ve signed Colton Orr to an AHL contract.

The 33-year-old tough guy suited up in just one game for the Toronto Maple Leafs last season. He has 12 seasons of NHL experience under his belt.

‘Yotes return Dylan Strome to OHL

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The Arizona Coyotes have returned Dylan Strome to the Erie Otters of the OHL.

Strome, 18, was the third overall pick in the 2015 NHL draft.

The 6’3, 185 pounder was hoping to stick with the Coyotes this season, but the team decided to take the conservative approach with their top prospect.

Strome will look to build off an incredible junior season that saw him score 45 goals and 129 points in 68 games.

Strome seems to be taking the demotion in stride.

The team also announced that they’ve assigned goaltender Louis Domingue and forward Matthias Plachta to their AHL affiliate in Springfield.

Domingue, 23, had a 1-2-1 record with a 2.73 goals-against-average and a .911 save percentage in seven games last season.

Plachta, a free agent signing, will begin his first pro season in North America. The 24-year-old had 14 goals and 35 points in the German League last season.