There were reports from a couple media outlets last night that the Bruins are considering allowing Tyler Seguin to play for Team Canada at the end of this month at the World Junior Championship.
Today in his pregame media briefing in Philadelphia, head coach Claude Julien declined to comment on that report because he hasn’t “heard it from the horse’s mouth” — meaning general manager Peter Chiarelli. One would think that if the Bruins are seriously considering such a move, the coach would be included in those discussions.
However, I’d have to believe the Bruins will give the opportunity to have Seguin skate on such a large stage and receive major minutes some extra-close consideration over the next week or so.
Especially after Marc Savard returns, the Bruins aren’t going to have many worthwhile minutes to give Seguin, who has yet to blossom into the offensive wunderkind the team projects him to be. I’d rather have him playing top-line minutes in all situations for Team Canada for 10 days than playing on the power play and centering Brad Marchand and Shawn Thornton or some other bottom-six wingers in Boston over that time.
We’ll see how this develops in the next week because Team Canada will want to be settled as far as personnel by the middle of this month.