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from Hockeysverige (translated),
I had a lot to say thanks to my clause in the contract and could have stayed if I had wanted. But I felt that it was still the right decision to move.
Why did you decide to Boston?
- Dallas are trying to rebuild their team and are in a generation, and it will probably take a few years before they can be fighting seriously. Then Boston has a very good team that went to the finals this year and won three years ago, and of course, played a huge role.
Loui, who has been one of the top two point earners in Dallas the past five seasons, is aware that there will be fierce competition in the new club and that the pressure on him will be great considering his hindsight in Dallas, where He also was assistant captain the last two seasons.
- It is true, but you just have to go out to do their best and play their game. Then you may find that you get a different role than in the past, but it is developing. In Boston, people are also generally more interested in hockey and then there will be more talk around it, but it's just fun. In Dallas, it was not nearly as big.
from Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News,
The Stars this season will incorporate a new pricing plan that will feature both “variable pricing” and “dynamic pricing.” Variable pricing means games will be slated as either “value” games, “standard” games or “premium” games, and will be priced as such on expected ticket demand.
Dynamic pricing means that on individual game tickets, prices will change depending on when you buy them. For instance, the closer it gets to an event and the closer a game gets to a sellout, the price of the ticket could go up, just as it is with airline tickets.
The new format is being introduced to help drive fans to buy full- or partial-season ticket packages, as well as to offer the greatest value and pricing to fans who commit to a package of games, according to team president and CEO Jim Lites.
from Rick Gosselin of the Dallas Morning News,
The Stars will wear uniforms with a new shade of green this season.
But underneath those sweaters the red will run deep.
Red Wings red.
If you can’t beat ’em, copy ’em.
That’s the blueprint the Stars sought when they signed Jim Nill as their general manager. Nill spent 19 seasons in the front office of the Red Wings as their director of amateur scouting. His drafts helped shape a team that would win four Stanley Cups.
The Red Wings were among the first and best to cultivate Europe and the old Iron Curtain countries for talent. In 1995, for the first time in NHL history, Detroit lined up five Russians together on the same shift. All five would go on to become Stanley Cup champions with the Red Wings, four would become all-stars and one — center Sergei Federov — an NHL MVP.
Not surprisingly, Nill’s first draft pick as GM of the Stars was a Russian (Valeri Nichushkin).
from Christopher L, Gasper of the Boston Globe,
Both the Bruins and Twitter being Seguin-free seem like good ideas right now, quick fixes to aggravating problems. But they might prove rash overreactions in the end. Professional athletes have to learn how to deal with the consequences of celebrity in the social media age and patience has to be shown with a potential franchise player whose talent level far exceeds his maturity level.
The Bruins gave up on Seguin too soon, trading him July 4 to the Dallas Stars and confining him to the dustbin of failed face-of-the-franchise forwards along with Joe Thornton and Phil Kessel after just three seasons. He needed more time and more tough love to grow as a person and a player in Boston. He was too young and too talented to send packing post-haste after one lukewarm season, one feckless playoff run, and one too many late nights.
Seguin’s exile to Texas shows a lack of growth and commitment by both sides, and the aftermath of the trade has been undignified with anonymous tales of Seguin’s misdeeds paired with Seguin’s parents sniping back at the Bruins.
via the Dallas Stars PR dept...
The Dallas Stars organization has released the following statement:
"In no way, shape or form does the Dallas Stars organization condone or agree with the message that was sent out through Tyler Seguin's Twitter feed last night. We've addressed the issue directly with Tyler and we'll continue to work on educating our players regarding the importance of their conduct on all forms of social media."
Not sure what this is all about, start here...
from Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News,
So it has to be a little concerning that social media and the internet have been filled with negative Tyler Seguin stories for the past three days. The latest came Saturday night when Seguin (who can be found at @tylerseguin92 on Twitter) tweeted out: “Only steers and queers in Texas, and I’m not a cow.”
He followed that up this: “Twitter hacking has to stop. My apologies.”
Now, this is all important because Seguin back in April tweeted out a line he felt was funny and included the tag “no homo” in it. That stirred controversy at the time, as Patrick Burke, who is a leader in the social activism campaign “You Can Play” had to talk to Seguin. The campaign is aimed at stopping homophobia in sports, and the NHL strong endorses it, so two references in three months make Seguin notable for all the wrong reasons.
He explained after the April incident: “I think with myself, it was kind of late at night, just talking with my buddies, sometimes I forget that I’m on Twitter in front of a quarter-million people and not just talking to my friends. It’s just another learning experience.”
And yet, here we are again. Seguin said he was hacked, but many have speculated that Seguin simply left his phone out and one of his friends grabbed it and made the tweet. Burke tweeted out last night: “It’s obviously his moron “friends” grabbing his phone and projecting their stupidity all over his public reputation.”
The Boston Bruins and Dallas Stars have completed a blockbuster seven-player trade that will see two prominent players swap jerseys.
The Bruins traded Tyler Seguin, Rich Peverley and Ryan Button to the Stars in exchange for Loui Eriksson, Joe Morrow, Reilly Smith, and Matt Fraser.
TSN Hockey Insider Pierre LeBrun of ESPN.com says that Eriksson agreed to waive his no-trade clause earlier on Thursday.
Seguin has yet to begin a six-year, $34.5 million contract he signed just prior to the beginning of the lockout. The deal has an annual salary cap hit of $5.75 million and runs until the 2018-19 season.
The 21-year-old forward was selected second overall in the first round of the 2010 NHL Entry Draft by the Bruins and spent the first three seasons of his NHL career with the team.
added 3:23pm, from Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News,
Seguin would go a long way to making that wish come true. Listed at 6-1, 182, Seguin is a fast skater, a skilled puck handler and a right-handed shot. He has been playing almost exclusively on the wing because of Boston’s depth at center, so he would get a chance to return to his natural position, as well. While the loss of Eriksson would be a serious blow for the Stars, it would open the door for players like Alex Chiasson, Brett Ritchie or Valeri Nichushkin to play in the top six or would create an opportunity for a veteran like Erik Cole to step up.
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