Blackhawks’ Patrick Kane can relate to Stars’ Tyler Seguin
BY MARK LAZERUS Staff Reporter November 9, 2013 11:26PM
Stars center Tyler Seguin (left) fights for the puck with Niklas Hjalmarsson on Saturday. Off-ice troubles prompted the Bruins to trade Seguin, 21. | AP
Updated: December 11, 2013 6:55AM
DALLAS — Patrick Kane knows a little something about being young, rich and famous, and the off-ice trouble a superstar in his early 20s can get into. He also knows he’s fortunate to play for an organization that stuck with him through those issues.
Tyler Seguin didn’t have that luxury.
“He’s still a young kid,” Kane said. “I was surprised Boston kind of gave up on him that quick.”
Seguin, 21, wasn’t traded from the Boston Bruins to the Dallas Stars solely because of his off-ice issues — the alleged partying being a big one. The second-overall pick in the 2010 draft scored one goal in 22 playoff games last spring, though he did have four assists in the Bruins’ six-game loss to the Blackhawks in the Stanley Cup Final. He also was entering the first year of a six-year contract extension worth $34.5 million, and the Bruins were in significant salary-cap trouble.
The off-ice concerns certainly factored in, however. Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli told the Boston Globe shortly before the trade that Seguin had to “become more of a professional.”
“Everyone’s a little bit different,” said Kane, a former No. 1 overall pick, when asked about how hard it is to grow up in the spotlight. “I still think he’s pretty young. … You’re never really too sure what goes on, but I’m happy for him that he’s happy here, and he’s off to a good start.”
Kane and Seguin became friends during the lockout, when they played together in Switzerland. Kane called him the best player he played with in Europe, saying he has “every tool in the book.” Seguin is off to a strong start with the Stars, entering Saturday night’s game against the Hawks with six goals and nine assists in 16 games.
“He’s a dangerous player,” Hawks coach Joel Quenneville said.
Seguin was reluctant to talk about the Stanley Cup Final, only saying that playing the Hawks would be a great measuring stick for the surging Stars.
Asked what his biggest memory of the Final was, Seguin shrugged and said, “Probably losing.”