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Team seems to want Seguin issue put to bed

By Kevin Paul Dupont
Globe Staff / December 9, 2011
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Tyler Seguin was back at work last night, some 48 hours after he was told to take a seat in the press box after not reporting on time for a team meeting Tuesday morning in Winnipeg.

“He’s fine. I’m fine. He’s in the lineup,’’ said a slightly agitated Claude Julien following his club’s morning workout at the Garden. “He missed a game, paid his dues.

“He’s 19 years old and he’s fine with the organization. He’s a good professional. The page is turned and we move on.’’

Seguin was not much of a factor in last night’s 2-0 loss to Florida. He landed three shots in 18:18 of ice time and three of his other offerings went off net. His ice time included 4:11 on the 0-for-4 power play.

Unlike two days earlier, when the club opted to make public the reasons for Seguin not playing against the Jets, the Bruins yesterday moved into lockdown mode on all things related to Seguin sleeping late in Winnipeg.

Matt Chmura, the club’s top public relations operative, was at Seguin’s side from the moment the dressing room doors opened after the morning workout on Causeway Street. After Seguin offered one very generic answer to a question, Chmura abruptly closed off all other queries related to the incident.

“Now,’’ said Chmura, “if there are any other questions about hockey . . .’’

Which was followed by another question about Seguin’s Big Sleep.

“We are done talking about this issue,’’ said Chmura. “Everybody in the organization has talked about it. That’s as far as we are going.’’

All in all, it was a curious shielding of the sophomore winger and a decided move away from the transparency the club offered Tuesday. Julien made it clear in Winnipeg that the move was disciplinary, that Seguin was guilty of the same discretion in his rookie season and was scratched from the lineup then without the media being told why.

It was obvious that the club, by going public this time, wanted their young star to feel the heat that comes with being exposed to an inquiring media.

The Bruins traveled Wednesday and did not practice, which meant yesterday was the first opportunity for the full Boston media contingent to be informed about the Seguin incident. But Chmura was positioned as the firewall and Julien, meeting with the media about a half-hour later, tried to dismiss it.

“Old news,’’ said Julien. “Two days old.’’

By that standard, the media should have skipped the Stanley Cup parade June 18. The Bruins won the Cup in Vancouver on the night of June 15, which made the whole delightful triumph three days past tense when the Duck Boats pulled out of the Garden parking lot the morning of the 18th.

There were parts of the Seguin story that didn’t add up in Winnipeg.

For starters, Seguin, the club’s top scorer and fastest skater, said in Winnipeg that part of his problem was that his alarm clock was operating on Eastern Time. Central Time, which encompassed Winnipeg, is one hour behind Boston time. If the clock setting were the issue, it should have gone off an hour before and not after he anticipated.

Another curiosity is that Jordan Caron, Seguin’s roommate both in Boston and on the road, said Seguin was still sleeping when Caron left the room that morning. As time wore, said Caron, he attempted to call his roommate but failed to connect as the meeting time drew closer.

“I called a few times,’’ said Caron, who labeled Seguin’s transgression an accident. “I guess his phone was off or something.’’

Asked if he considered going back to stir Seguin, Caron said he did, but that timing worked against such a move.

“I didn’t have time,’’ said Caron, who moved into the lineup that night in Seguin’s absence. “The meeting was starting right after breakfast.’’

Kevin Paul Dupont can be reached at dupont@globe.com. Follow him on Twitter @GlobeKPD.

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