If anyone thought Peter Chiarelli's comments about Tyler Seguin needing to become a better pro were meant as motivation or posturing, the Bruins' general manager proved just how unhappy he'd become with the forward's progress in his third NHL season, shipping the 21-year-old to Dallas in a seven-player trade.
Less than 10 months before, it looked as though Seguin would remain a Bruin for quite a while, as the former second-overall pick signed a six-year extension that figured to make him part of the team's long-term foundation. That, in turn, figured to make the Ontario native a fabric in the city's hockey community.
Instead, after scoring just a single goal in this season's playoffs, it appears the city will be part of him even if he won't be part of the city.
I want to thank the fans of Boston for all your support you have been great. The city of Boston will forever be a part of me. #BostonStrong— Tyler Seguin (@tylerseguin92) July 5, 2013
It wasn't the first time Seguin expressed his love for Boston, either. After the B's lost to the Blackhawks in Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Finals, he broke a tweeting drought that lasted the length of the postseason with this:
Thank you Boston fans for the tremendous support. You guys make it the best place to play and live.— Tyler Seguin (@tylerseguin92) June 26, 2013
He also used his platform to support various causes related to the Boston Marathon bombings, and was so invested in the pursuit of its perpetrators that after a day full of retweeting related reports, this is how he signed off on April 19:
And here's his tweet from after the Bruins became the first team to play in Boston post-bombing:
There are plenty more, too -- friendships with the Patriots, attending Celtics games, regretting that he was seen in public wearing a Yankees hat (he says it fit well) -- that suggest Seguin appreciated this city and still wanted to continue playing here. That suggest his message Thursday was genuine.
Unfortunately for him and his many admirers, so were Chiarelli's hints that Seguin might be traded.
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