TORONTO — Tyler Seguin came home here to Toronto this weekend for the first time in his NHL career. He dined at home Friday night with his family, visited with some childhood pals, then was back at the club’s downtown hotel in time for curfew.
Turns out, coming home for Seguin also came with the news that Boston wants him to stay home for the holidays–at least home on the Bruins roster. Boston general manager Peter Chiarelli has informed the speedy rookie that the club will not release him to play for Team Canada in the upcoming World Junior Champsionship that will be played in Buffalo.
Seguin, who never played in the ACC prior to last night, is suiting up here for his 25th NHL game, looking to build on a stat line that reads: 5-4–9.
Seguin was irked a year ago when he was not included on Team Canada’s WJC roster. Had the Bruins loaned him to the Canadians this time, it perhaps would have allowed Seguin to get over last year’s snubbing.
However, the Bruins have struggled to score over the last three weeks and Seguin’s combination of speed and hard, snapping wrist shot make him too much of a viable scoring threat for Chiarelli to surrender him to the 10-day tournament that begins Dec. 26. The Bruins play five times in that stretch, all of them on the road.