WILMINGTON, Mass. — In light of Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli’s comments that the potential for Tyler Seguin to be a healthy scratch at the start of the playoffs is “trending” that way, you might expect the 19-year-old to be sulking.
However after practice today at Ristuccia Arena, the rookie didn’t sound like he had given up on getting a chance to play in the postseason.
“I think we’re always trying to make statements but I think I’ve got to get the chance to play to make that statement,” said Seguin, who was the healthy scratch Wednesday against the New York Islanders. “But I’m working hard in practice and still working on all the little things and developing as a player.”
Seguin said he hasn’t changed his approach to the game at all in order to better get in the coaching staff’s good graces.
“I’m just doing what I did before,” said Seguin, who has 11 goals and 11 assists in 72 games. “I’m going out there, trying to work my hardest and just trying to contribute to the team the best I can — whether it’s talking or anything like that if I’m not playing in the games. I just want to be a part of it as much as I can.”
As expected, head coach Claude Julien — who obviously wants to keep the kid focused for the last two games of the season — wouldn’t give into the speculation about Seguin, even if it was speculation that came from his GM.
“Guys are speculating he’s out, understandably. For me, those are tough questions to answer,” said Julien. “You guys are all looking for, ‘what is my possible scenario?’ I’m going back to the same thing again, we don’t know what’s going to happen until Monday. We’ll find out on Monday where he stands and the rest of the team stands.”