Expect new sensation Seguin to stick

In Seguin, the Bruins not only have a player people throughout New England want to see play in black and gold, they have a good-looking kid that could be the face of the franchise. Along the lines of Chiarelli’s always-dampening words when it comes to Seguin’s expectations, the Bruins marketing department hasn’t rolled out a “Got Stamkos”-styled ad campaign just yet. Once he’s on the big club, however, expect his face to be on every billboard and bus within a 50-mile radius of Boston. Clean-cut and dapper, well-spoken, and an array of talents in the region’s longest-loved winter sport – Seguin is a potential prince of New England. Neither he nor the organization can reap the rewards of that if he’s playing in Plymouth.

It was recently suggested that Seguin’s $2.65 million in performance bonuses, which push his cap hit to $3.55 million could spell his demotion to the OHL. However, the clause that allows the Bruins to be 7.5 percent over the cap and count potential bonuses this season toward next year’s cap is again in effect. Seguin’s initial cap hit will just be $900,000. On the Boston roster, Seguin’s performance bonuses, along with those for Mark Recchi, would take up almost all of that $4.5 million of space. But that’s why that cushion is there.

Should Boston want to keep Colborne, Caron or another prospect on an entry-level deal with performance bonuses, things could get tricky. If one of those guys plays well enough to earn a job, however, Chiarelli will be more than willing to make room for him. Even if he can’t send Michael Ryder to play for $4 million in Providence (AHL) or to another team in a trade, rest assured the GM wouldn’t hesitate to cut the little more than $1 million he has invested in Daniel Paille or Gregory Campbell to make room for a young upstart.

It would really take one of the ultimate one-man collapses to keep Seguin from the NHL roster. I’d guess that considering all the natural talent he has on the ice, Seguin would have to run through the Bruins’ locker room in nothing but a Montreal Canadiens jock strap cursing head coach Claude Julien, president Cam Neely, Chiarelli and every Bruins employee to get shipped out.

We’re still a month away from the opening of training camp. There hasn’t been one battle drill, scrimmage or off-ice conditioning test yet when it comes to the 2010-11 Bruins. Still, I can almost guarantee that nothing is going to postpone the start of the Tyler Seguin era in Boston.

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