Re: Wild Seguin rumor - WARNING tabloid stuff inside
posted at 7/13/2013 9:52 AM EDT
Okay, so - I don't think the team is putting stuff like this out there to justify anything. I don't think the team is putting anything out. I think a 21 yr. old grew up in this world of social media where he and everyone he knows is accustomed to everythign being fair game for blowing up on Twitter. I think Chiarelli mentioned the lack of professionalism in a fit of frustration after the exit conversation with Seguin. I think they explored shopping him to see if there was a deal there that made the Bruins as good or better for the short term and still protected them a bit long term (any of Morrow, Smith or Nash are in the top half of the roster when the Bruins play the Stars in 2018 = protected successfully). They found it. They made the deal. And Dallas is about as far from Boston as they could send him assuming LA and Phoenix weren't interested.
The rumour thing is a perfect storm of people who knew (media, staffers) but protected the kid because they have an interest in the team not shutting them out now having no reason to protect him, and the cameraphone photos of every beer the kid has had since he got to Boston.
Curious to hear what "shook his tree", but count me among those who remembers the story of Tyler the mature, the kid whose values and commitment to professionalism were so impressive that the Bruins weren't going to follow their usual practice of billeting an underage kid with a veteran player. He could be trusted to live alone. Well, this is Denmark, and what's that smell?
As for ripping JT Superstar - I'm a card-carrying Thornton hater. I have a long list of grievances and if Joe ever accepts my invitation to Festivus, I'll air them in full. But here's the short version. For starters, I support the crest on the front of the jersey, not the name on the back. You leave Boston, and your name isn't Bourque or Orr, chances are I will not wish you well in your new destination and won't give a rat's about you until you are no longer playing against the Bruins. Esposito rule there. The night Colorado beat Jersey and Bourque hoisted the Cup, a reporter stuck a mike in my face and said "How do you feel about Bourque finally getting to hoist the Cup?" I said I don't want to talk about it.
As for JT specifically, I hate that the Bruins of all franchises blew up the CBA provisions to hold the line on rookie salaries because they needed him to come in and play to sell tickets. Yes, yes, "all he did was sign the deal he was offered" but that's K-rap. His agent was all over this plan and knew they could hold the Bruins over a barrell with it. As it was reported, it was here's this loophole and you're going to use it or Joe will walk. Oh, and I represent Samsonov too, and he gets the same deal. Not a good start.
I hate that his response to Burns insisting he learn to be responsible at both ends of the ice seemed to be to laugh it off and wait because, hey, he was so offensively skilled that eventually they'll have to turn him loose. I hate that, as he started to develop a complete game, Allison got hurt and he got the #1 job without having to displace a less gifted but more competitive player. I hated the feeling that Joe was going to find a way to screw up; I had that feeling for most of his years in Boston because he blew it more often than he found a way to make the play that would lead to wins for the Bruins - he was the polar opposite to Bergeron. Through all of his struggles - and let's remember that he was a league level scorer once in Boston - I was pulling for him and ecstatic at every sign of progress. But as the years moved on, and he signed successive huge deals that he hadn't earned - not because there wasn't enough evidence the shupe feels about Rask, but because the evidence on hand said he wasn't elite and might never be - and then complained that the Bruins didn't spend enough to get him support? He laid the rail I was ready to run him out on. When he stopped playing the all around game that Keenan demanded of him, and when it looked like that one huge year was a product of playing in Robbie Ftorek's system, and when he became a pass-first perimeter player 90% of the time? I had a ball of frustration and disappointment building that was only kept in check by the fact he wore the B.
When he went to San Jose and said "I guess I was the problem" like some prima dona who doesn't recognize that yes, as the centrepiece around which a flawed team was built, you were a big part of the problem, I had no reason not to vent that frustration. For about 5 years, Joe Thornton was the key to success for the Bruins; as he went, so did the team. Even now, he takes shots at the organization that made coaching changes to get the most out of him, paid him like a superstar from day one, got him veteran wingers that complimented his preferred game. To keep this the short version, I'll stick to this last point. One of the stories people told about why Thornton was a Hart winner and Art Ross winner in SJ but never in Boston was that SJ gave him someone to play with: 56 goal man Cheechoo. What a load that has proven to be. Murray and Knuble demonstrated that they were 28+ goal players with centres other than Thornton. Thornton bumped their totals slightly. Cheechoo had one 28 goal year playing with Marleau, a huge year once Thornton arrived, a 20 goal decline the next year, then a rapid falling off the map. Cheechoo was not an elite winger who maximized Thornton's potential. Thornton was mad at the Bruins and decided to play a complete game to show them what they had given away. Once that was accomplished, he dialed it back down over the next couple of years. And you know what else? Maybe this is the hate, but he has been a much, much more impressive playoff player the last couple of years...since the Bruins won the Cup.
JT Superstar hates the Bruins. Ipso Facto, he can go copulate with a manatee for all I care.
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