Seguin blasts ‘party animal’ claims, says Bruins gave up on him

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In another great column by an NHL player in “The Players’ Tribune,” Tyler Seguin bared his soul – and at times, his teeth – regarding the trade that sent him from the Boston Bruins to the Dallas Stars.

While he explains that he let his play do the talking after the trade, Seguin took this opportunity to get some things off his chest. The rising star blasted critics of his character, stating that the Bruins parted ways with him for business reasons, not because he was some “immature, unfocused party animal.”

That business talk might imply that Seguin was going the hyper-professional, water-under-the-bridge route with his column, but not in every regard. At minimum, he was quite candid regarding his belief that Boston management quit on him.

Now that it’s all completely in the past, I can give you my honest answer. Do I think the Bruins gave up on me too early? Yes, I 100-percent believe that.

I had hoped to stay in Boston for a long time. I even put a deposit down on a house there just months before I was traded. I never got to move in.

But time has given me more perspective. Just about every professional athlete has an experience in which they learn firsthand that they indeed work for a business. The Boston trade was mine.

While the 22-year-old hasn’t enjoyed the team success with the Stars that came often (and early) with Boston, his individual game has only grown since that trade, as he’s developed an elite one-two punch alongside Jamie Benn.

Again, if you’d like to read up on his perspective, click here.

* – Former pro Sean Avery’s insight on a rookie’s financial pressures also ranks as a fascinating read.