Being A Bruins Fan: How I Lost All Respect For Seguin & Gained Some For Iginla
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Since Tyler Seguin was traded on the Fourth of July, I have gone through a roller coaster of emotion.
As you all may know I
am was a HUGE Tyler Seguin fan. I had his jersey and autographed rookie puck. I was a 40 year old male Seguinista.
He was the franchise player, the first since Joe Thornton (and we know how that worked out).
He was a once or twice in a lifetime type of player.
He was supposed to be the PRESENT & FUTURE of my beloved Boston Bruins.
I have been writing about him since he was drafted in 2010 in my column called the Tyler Taylor Tally. It compared the maturation of both Taylor Hall & Seguin, the top two picks of the draft.
And even though Taylor Hall had the better overall numbers, I thought Seguin was the better overall player. And even through his disappointing 2013 playoff campaign and Peter Chiarelli questioning his professionalism, I still thought the Bruins should give him one more chance to prove himself and be a professional.
So yes, I felt jilted when the Bruins threw up their hands and gave up. I was getting flashbacks of Joe Thornton becoming a star with someone else.
The chance to see a budding superstar in my own backyard was taken from me.
Then the stories started to surface.
Bender after bender in Boston.
He partied and wore the same clothes for 3 days while his team was battling his hometown Leafs in the playoffs. Yeah, yeah he is only 21, but he is being paid MILLIONS of dollars to keep his eyes on the prize and be focused for his teammates.
I’m pretty sure Skinner, Crosby, Stamkos Or Hall wouldn’t put themselves before their teams even being a 21 year old stupid kid.
So now the trade is making more sense to me and his off ice antics was a major reason for him getting shipped to Big D even if Peter Chiarelli doesn’t want to admit it.
And him partying the day he got traded from the city he “loved” and the teammates he cried over after the Cup Final loss, says he was playing more for the name on the back than the “Spoked B” on the front.
He was more about the by-products of celebrity than being the BEST.
Tyler, I hope you “get it” in Dallas or you may end up like another Bruins player that had EVERYTHING, Derek Sanderson.
And now for the something completely different, Jarome Iginla.
When the Bruins signed Iginla, I lost my mind again. How could they sign a guy that thumbed his nose at their franchise?
Thought the Bruins were not good enough to win it all and didn’t have horses like Crosby & Malkin.
How could he play with Milan Lucic after Looch said Iginla’s “choice” lit a bit of a fire under him and the Bruins?
Then I saw this tweet:
PC said Iginla’s rep contacted him Thursday evening, said Jarome would be interested in talking with Bruins about joining their team ^CS
— Boston Bruins (@NHLBruins) July 6, 2013
How can I HATE this guy anymore?
He nutted up.
He manned up.
He saw his wrongs and made it right. I found some respect for him when I had NONE.
Iginla showed the true fabric of being a professional.
Maybe he can give Tyler Seguin a call.